BSA & Galexia Global Coud Computing Scorecard (2016) - Galexia Analytics Release

Promoting Free Trade

Cloud services operate across national boundaries, and their success depends on access to regional and global markets. Restrictive policies that create actual or potential trade barriers will inhibit or slow the evolution of cloud computing.

This section examines government procurement regimes and the existence or absence of barriers to free trade, including each country’s requirements and preferences for particular products. The section also examines whether countries have joined the World Trade Organization Agreement on Government Procurement, which liberalizes such policies.

The Scorecard reveals that a number of countries still provide preferential treatment for domestic suppliers in government procurement, or have introduced other barriers to international trade. Vietnam and China recorded the lowest scores, while Canada and the United States scored the highest.

The following visualisations show the transition and patterns in the overall scores and scoring components for this theme over time (from 2012 to 2016):

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