Business News of 2014-09-03

Ghana ranked 111th in global competitiveness index

Ghana has been ranked 111th in this year’s Global Competitiveness Index published by the World Economic Forum (WEF).

Ghana ranked 103rd last year.

According to the World Economic Forum, Ghana jumps to 111th this year largely as a result of slight improvements in its macroeconomic indicators, a reversal of last year’s trend; but adds fiscal vulnerabilities still persist.

Government’s deficit stood at 10.8 percent of GDP in 2013, more than twice of that of two years ago; its debt remains over 60 percent and inflation is over 15 percent.

On the country’s strength, it says public institutions are characterized by relatively high government efficiency and strong property rights.

Though it adds that the country’s financial and goods markets are relatively well developed, it believes that Ghana must do much more to develop and deploy talent in the country.

According to WEF, Ghana’s education levels continue to trail international standards at all levels, with labor markets characterized by inefficiencies.

It adds that Ghana is not sufficiently harnessing new technologies for productivity enhancement with ICT adoption rates continuously at very low levels.

It expresses concern about the country’s security situation, which ranked 111th.

The Global Competitiveness Report assesses the competitiveness landscape of 144 economies, providing insight into the drivers of their productivity and prosperity.

Nigeria ranked 127th, Ivory Coast 115th while South Africa placed 56th.

Switzerland tops the chart, followed by Singapore, the USA, Finland and Germany.

Other countries in the top ten ranking are Japan, Hong Kong, the Netherlands, the UK and Sweden.

The report series remains the most comprehensive assessment of national competitiveness worldwide. The Global Competitiveness Report’s competitiveness ranking is based on the Global Competitiveness Index (GCI), which was introduced by the World Economic Forum in 2004.

Defining competitiveness as the set of institutions, policies and factors that determine the level of productivity of a country , GCI scores are calculated by drawing together country-level data covering 12 categories – the pillars of competitiveness – that collectively make up a comprehensive picture of a country’s competitiveness.

The 12 pillars are: institutions, infrastructure, macroeconomic environment, health and primary education, higher education and training, goods market efficiency, labour market efficiency, financial market development, technological readiness, market size, business sophistication, and innovation.

Source: citifmonline
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