Switzerland does well in competitiveness ranking
The country came in second in the annual competitiveness ranking published by the IMD World Competitiveness Center in Lausanne. Germany failed to make the top ten for the first time.
Switzerland climbed two places in the rankings that were published on Monday, and was only outclassed by Hong Kong, which took top place. The US, Singapore and Sweden completed the top five. A total of 61 economies were assessed.
“Switzerland’s small size and its emphasis on a commitment to quality have allowed it to react quickly to keep its economy on top,” said Arturo Bris, director of the IMD World Competitiveness Center.
According to the Le Temps newspaper, the Alpine nation came first in 25 out of 342 criteria used to assess competitiveness.
The US lost its top spot even though it came first in terms of economic performance. European economic powerhouse Germany was relegated to 12th place.
“The biggest danger for Germany is self-satisfaction," Bris said. "If it rejects that, it will get back into the top ten."
Eastern European countries did particularly well in the region, especially Latvia (rank 37), the Slovak Republic (40) and Slovenia (43).
IMD’s World Competitiveness Yearbook measures the ability of countries to create and maintain an environment where businesses can compete. The countries’ business environments are assessed in terms of economic performance, government efficiency, business efficiency and infrastructure. Besides publicly available data, the rankings also take into account a survey of around 5,400 business executives, who assess the situation in their own countries.
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