Thursday, September 28, 2006

World Economic Forum Global Competitiveness Report 2006

The World Economic Forum, based in Geneva, Switzerland, has released its 2006 Competitiveness Report for the nations of the world. The report contains the rather remarkable result that the United States has dropped from 1st to 6th place.

Augusto Lopez-Claros, Chief Economist and Director, Global Competitiveness Network remarks about that report:

"The top rankings of Switzerland and the Nordic countries show that good institutions and competent macroeconomic management, coupled with world-class educational attainment and a focus on technology and innovation, are a successful strategy for boosting competitiveness in an increasingly complex global economy."

Among the Top 25 nations, the biggest drop in competitiveness was measured in France, which dropped six places from 12th to 18th. The biggest jump in competitiveness in the Top 25 was Israel, which moved up 8 spots from 23rd to 15th.

Changes in competitiveness rankings from 2005 to 2006:

Upward-Moving Countries in Terms of Competitiveness

Guatemala surged 20 positions from 95th to 75th
Indonesia leaped 19 notches into the top 50, from 69th to 50th
Croatia moved up 13 places from 64th to 51st
Turkey moved up 12 spots from 71st to 59th
Cambodia moved up 8 rungs from 111th to 103rd
Dominican Republic moved up 8 positions from 91st to 83rd
Israel moved up 8 notches from 23rd to 15th
Panama moved up 8 places from 65th to 57th
Qatar moved up 8 rungs from 46th to 38th
Gambia moved up 7 positions from 109th to 102nd
Tunisia moved up 7 spots from 37th to 30th
Algeria moved up 6 spots from 82nd to 76th
Morocco moved up 6 notches from 76th to 70th
Kuwait moved up 5 places from 49th to 44th
Malta moved up 5 spots from 44th to 39th
Norway moved up 5 notches from 17th to 12th
Bolivia moved up 4 places from 101st to 97th
Honduras moved up 4 rungs from 97th to 93rd
Sweden moved up 4 positions from 7th to 3rd
Costa Rica moved up 3 places from 56th to 53rd
Hong Kong SAR moved up 3 spots from 14th to 11th
Jamaica moved up 3 rungs from 63rd to 60th
Latvia moved up 3 spots from 39th to 36th
Moldova moved up 3 positions from 89th to 86th
Pakistan moved up 3 spots from 94th to 91st
Peru moved up 3 rungs from 77th to 74th
Switzerland moved up 3 places from 4th to 1st
Albania moved up 2 spots from 100th to 98th
Iceland moved up to 2 places from 16th to 14th
India moved up 2 spots from 45th to 43rd
Luxembourg moved up 2 positions from 24th to 22nd
Netherlands moved up 2 rungs from 11th to 9th
Philippines moved up 2 notches from 73rd to 71st
Bahrain moved up 1 place from 50th to 49th
Benin moved up 1 notch from 106th to 105th
Estonia moved up 1 spot from 26th to 25th
Georgia moved up 1 rung from 86th to 85th
Mexico moved up 1 position from 59th to 58th
Nicaragua moved up 1 place from 96th to 95th
Sri Lanka moved up 1 notch from 80th to 79th
Tanzania moved up 1 spot from 105th to 104th

Downward-Moving Countries in Terms of Competitiveness

Nigeria plummeted 18 spots from 83rd to 101st
Argentina fell sharply 15 places from 54th to 69th
Bulgaria dropped 11 positions from 61st to 72nd
Egypt dropped 11 spots from 52nd to 63rd
Jordan dropped 10 rungs from 42nd to 52nd
Uganda dropped 10 places from 103rd to 113th
Ukraine dropped 10 notches from 68th to 78th
Botswana dropped 9 rungs from 72nd to 81st
Brazil dropped 9 places from 57th to 66th
Cameroon dropped 9 spots from 99th to 108th
Mozambique dropped 9 positions from 112th to 121st
Russian Federation dropped 9 places from 53rd to 62nd
Timor-Leste dropped 9 rungs from 113th to 122nd
Zimbabwe dropped 9 notches from 110th to 119th
Colombia dropped 7 spots from 58th to 65th
Chad dropped 6 places from 117th to 123rd
China dropped out of the top 50, moving down 6 spots from 48th to 54th
France dropped 6 rungs from 12th to 18th
Hungary dropped 6 notches from 35th to 41st
Lithuania dropped 6 spots from 34th to 40th
Cyprus dropped 5 notches from 41st to 46th
Kazakhstan dropped 5 rungs from 51st to 56th
Macedonia, FYR dropped 5 spots from 75th to 80th
Namibia dropped 5 spots from 79th to 84th
Poland dropped 5 positions from 43rd to 48th
Republic of Korea dropped 5 notches from 19th to 24th
South Africa dropped 5 spots from 40th to 45th
Taiwan, China dropped out of the Top 10, moving down 5 places from 8th to 13th
United States dropped 5 places from 1st to 6th
Ethiopia dropped 4 positions from 116th to 120th
Italy dropped 4 places from 38th to 42nd
Paraguay dropped 4 notches from 102nd to 106th
Tajikistan dropped 4 spots from 92nd to 96th
Venezuela dropped 4 positions from 84th to 88th
Canada dropped 3 places from 13th to 16th
Ecuador dropped 3 notches from 87th to 90th
Guyana dropped 3 rungs from 108th to 11th
Japan dropped 3 spots from 7th to 10th
Kyrgyz Republic dropped 3 positions from 104th to 107th
Malawi dropped 3 notches from 114th to 117th
Mali dropped 3 spots from 115th to 118th
Portugal dropped 3 positions from 31st to 34th
Slovenia dropped 3 places from 30th to 33rd
Uruguay dropped 3 notches from 70th to 73rd
Vietnam dropped 3 rungs from 74th to 77th
Austria dropped 2 spots from 15th to 17th
Azerbaijan dropped 2 spots from 62nd to 64th
Germany dropped 2 positions from 6th to 8th
Madagascar dropped 2 rungs from 107th to 109th
Mongolia dropped 2 places from 90th to 92nd
Serbia and Montenegro dropped 2 places from 85th to 87th
Thailand dropped 2 notches from 33rd to 35th
Armenia dropped 1 position from 81st to 82nd
Australia dropped 1 spot from 18th to 19th
Bangladesh dropped 1 rung from 98th to 99th
Bosnia and Herzegovina dropped 1 place from 88th to 89th
Denmark dropped 1 place from 3rd to 4th
El Salvador dropped 1 rung from 60th to 61st
Kenya dropped 1 spot from 93rd to 94th
Malaysia dropped 1 spot from 25th to 26th
New Zealand dropped 1 spot from 22nd to 23rd
Romania dropped 1 position from 67th to 68th
Slovak Republic dropped 1 rung from 36th to 37th
Trinidad and Tobago dropped 1 rung from 66th to 67th
United Kingdom dropped 1 place from 9th to 10th

Countries with No Change in Competitiveness Rank

Finland remained 2nd
Singapore remained 5th
Belgium remained 2oth
Ireland remained 21st
Chile remained 27th
Spain remained 28th
The Czech Republic remained 29th
The United Arab Emirates remained 32nd
Greece remained 47th
Mauritius remained 55th

Countries or Economies Not Ranked in 2005

Barbados - 31st
Suriname - 100th
Nepal - 110th
Lesotho - 112th
Mauritania - 114th
Zambia - 115th
Burkina Faso - 116th
Burundi - 124th
Angola - 125th

Here is a list of the 2006 competitiveness rankings (including the 2005 rankings):

2006 Rank - Country/Economy - 2005 Rank
1 - Switzerland - 4
2 - Finland - 2
3 - Sweden - 3
4 - Denmark - 3
5 - Singapore - 5
6 - United States - 1
7 - Japan - 10
8 - Germany - 6
9 - Netherlands - 11
10 - United Kingdom - 9
11 - Hong Kong SAR - 14
12 - Norway - 17
13 - Taiwan, China - 8
14 - Iceland - 16
15 - Israel - 23
16 - Canada - 13
17 - Austria - 15
18 - France - 12
19 - Australia - 18
20 - Belgium - 20
21 - Ireland - 21
22 - Luxembourg - 24
23 - New Zealand - 22
24 - Korea, Rep. - 19
25 - Estonia - 26
26 - Malaysia - 25
27 - Chile - 27
28 - Spain - 28
29 - Czech Republic - 29
30 - Tunisia - 37
31 - Barbados ---
32 - United Arab Emirates - 32
33 - Slovenia - 30
34 - Portugal - 31
35 - Thailand - 33
36 - Latvia - 39
37 - Slovak Republic - 36
38 - Qatar - 46
39 - Malta - 44
40 - Lithuania - 34
41 - Hungary - 35
42 - Italy - 38
43 - India - 45
44 - Kuwait - 49
45 - South Africa - 40
46 - Cyprus - 41
47 - Greece - 47
48 - Poland - 43
49 - Bahrain - 50
50 - Indonesia - 69
51 - Croatia - 64
52 - Jordan - 42
53 - Costa Rica - 56
54 - China - 48
55 - Mauritius - 55
56 - Kazakhstan - 51
57 - Panama - 65
58 - Mexico - 59
59 - Turkey - 71
60 - Jamaica - 63
61 - El Salvador - 60
62 - Russian Federation - 53
63 - Egypt - 52
64 - Azerbaijan - 62
65 - Colombia - 58
66 - Brazil - 57
67 - Trinidad and Tobago - 66
68 - Romania - 67
69 - Argentina - 54
70 - Morocco - 76
71 - Philippines - 73
72 - Bulgaria - 61
73 - Uruguay - 70
74 - Peru - 77
75 - Guatemala - 95
76 - Algeria - 82
77 - Vietnam - 74
78 - Ukraine - 68
79 - Sri Lanka - 80
80 - Macedonia, FYR - 75
81 - Botswana - 72
82 - Armenia - 81
83 - Dominican Republic - 91
84 - Namibia - 79
85 - Georgia - 86
86 - Moldova - 89
87 - Serbia and Montenegro - 85
88 - Venezuela 88 3.69 84
89 - Bosnia and Herzegovina - 88
90 - Ecuador - 87
91 - Pakistan - 94
92 - Mongolia - 90
93 - Honduras - 97
94 - Kenya - 93
95 - Nicaragua - 96
96 - Tajikistan - 92
97 - Bolivia - 101
98 - Albania - 100
99 - Bangladesh - 98
100 - Suriname ---
101 - Nigeria - 83
102 - Gambia - 109
103 - Cambodia - 111
104 - Tanzania - 105
105 - Benin - 106
106 - Paraguay - 102
107 - Kyrgyz Republic - 104
108 - Cameroon - 99
109 - Madagascar - 107
110 - Nepal ---
111 - Guyana - 108
112 - Lesotho ---
113 - Uganda - 103
114 - Mauritania ---
115 - Zambia ---
116 - Burkina Faso ---
117 - Malawi - 114
118 - Mali - 115
119 - Zimbabwe - 110
120 - Ethiopia - 116
121 - Mozambique - 112
122 - Timor-Leste - 113
123 - Chad - 117
124 - Burundi ---
125 - Angola ---

For detailed analysis, see the various downloadable .pdfs of segments of the actual report.

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