Digital CAREC: Analysis of the Regional Digital Gap

This research report provides a questionnaire-based primary data collected in six CAREC countries – Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, Kyrgyzstan, Pakistan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan – which looks into four attributes of the digital divide: digital infrastructure, digital payments, e-commerce, and Internet access. Findings reveal that digital infrastructure and internet access are top-performing indicators of digital development in the CAREC region, while digital payments and e-commerce both report the lowest average score. Overall, Azerbaijan and Uzbekistan were found relatively less digitally divided economies compared with Kyrgyzstan, Pakistan, Tajikistan, and Afghanistan.