Monday, 13 Sep 2010
The China Post
In South East Asia, Singapore and Malaysia came ahead of Brunei 28, Thailand 38, Indonesia 44, Vietnam 59, the Philippines 85 and Cambodia 109.The China Post reported that the United States continued its fall in the rankings of a global competitiveness report, dropping from first place to fourth in two years as Switzerland retained the top spot for a second year in a row, followed by Sweden and Singapore.
While the United States is a leader in productivity, innovation and competitiveness, the world's largest economy has shown growing weaknesses in recent years, the World Economic Forum said in releasing its rankings. Those included its burgeoning government budget deficit, financial market development, corporate ethics, and public and corporate trust of its government
As for the world's newly minted second-largest economy, China was ranked 27th, moving up two spots, while the highest rated eurozone country was Germany in fifth, also up two places from last year. Japan with the third largest economy in the world was ranked sixth.
Switzerland was singled out for the top honors because of its sophisticated business culture and innovation, characterized by its high level of scientific research organizations, high spending on research and development and a large number of patents, said the World Economic Forum, known for its annual meeting of economic and world leaders in that Alpine country.
Sweden, which switched places with the United States from last year's rankings, was noted for its transparent and efficient government and corporate ethics.
Germany moved up two places from last year as its macroeconomic position improved in comparison with other large economies. It was praised for its infrastructure and sophisticated and productive businesses but was given low marks for its inflexible labor market.
Europe was the region with the most countries in the top 10 with Scandinavia doing particularly well. Finland was seventh, the Netherlands eighth and Denmark ninth although it fell four spots. East Asia was another region that performed well.
While Singapore retained its third place from 2009, lauded for its efficient goods and labor markets and government as well as the sophistication of its financial markets, infrastructure and education, Japan moved up two notches.
Hong Kong was 11th, Taiwan 13th, South Korea 22nd and Malaysia 22nd, all ahead of China and the region's third largest economy, India, ranked 51st. The remaining two countries in BRIC, which consists of four large developing countries, settled in at 58th place for Brazil and 63rd for Russia.
The top countries in the Middle East were Qatar at 17, Saudi Arabia at 21, Israel at 24, the United Arab Emirates 25, Oman 34, Kuwait 35 and Bahrain 37. In Latin America, Chile was the highest rated country at 30, followed by Panama at 58, Costa Rice 56 and Brazil. In South East Asia, Singapore and Malaysia came ahead of Brunei 28, Thailand 38, Indonesia 44, Vietnam 59, the Philippines 85 and Cambodia 109.
The remaining countries in the top 20 were Canada 10th, Britain 12th, Norway 14th, France 15th, Australia 16th, Austria 18th, Belgium 19th and Luxembourg 20th.
The World Economic Report compiled the rankings using public data and a survey of more than 13,500 business leaders in 139 economies. The survey was released ahead of the forum's summer meeting.