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Pakistan improves five ranks on the Global Competitiveness Index, Securing 118th rank out of 142 economies 

08 September 2011 02:13:21

Pakistan improves five ranks on the Global Competitiveness Index, Securing 118th rank out of 142 economies.


World Economic Forum and the Competitiveness Support Fund (CSF) announces the launch of the Global Competitiveness Report for 2011-2012


Switzerland tops the overall rankings in The Global Competitiveness Report 2011-2012, released today by the World Economic Forum. Pakistan (118th) partially bounces back from last year’s significant drop in rank of (123).


Yet, in several categories, it still requires improvements in performance among the developing Asia region. Pakistan particularly needs to concentrate on the most basic areas of competitiveness, namely institutions (107th), infrastructure (115th), health and primary education (121st), and the macroeconomic environment (138th).


The Report says that in order to benefit from the scale advantages associated with its significant market size (30th), CSF has identified that Pakistan will have to decrease regulatory rigidities in the labour market (now ranked 136th) and reduce barriers to domestic and foreign competition in order to render the markets for goods and services more efficient (93rd). Last but not least, boosting the technological adoption of firms and the public at large would allow for considerable productivity increases in the country.


Shahab Khawaja, Chief Executive Officer of the Competitiveness Support Fund, a joint initiative of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Ministry of Finance, Government of Pakistan, said that “Pakistan is facing multiple challenges on its economic, security and globalization fronts; however the policy-makers must not lose sight of long-term competitiveness fundamentals. For the recovery to be put on a more stable footing, Pakistan must ensure that growth is based on productivity enhancements. The economy is struggling with fiscal challenges and anaemic growth, it needs to focus on competitiveness-enhancing measures in order to create a virtuous cycle of growth and ensure solid economic recovery.”


“This year’s improvements in ranking also shows the continuous efforts that the CSF has been putting in identifying and advising the Government on the key critical factors to improve competitiveness and economic growth in Pakistan”, said Shahab.


“After a number of difficult years, a recovery from the economic crisis is tentatively emerging, although it has been very unequally distributed: much of the developing world is still seeing relatively strong growth, despite some risk of overheating, while most advanced economies continue to experience sluggish recovery, persistent unemployment and financial vulnerability, with no clear horizon for improvement,” said Klaus Schwab, Founder and Executive Chairman of the World Economic Forum. “The complexity of today’s global economic environment has made it more important than ever to recognize and encourage the qualitative as well as the quantitative aspects of growth, integrating such concepts as inclusiveness and environmental sustainability to provide a fuller picture of what is needed and what works.”


This year the Competitiveness Support Fund (CSF) carried the Executive Opinion Survey through 250 leading business professional, consisting of small to medium and large enterprises from January to April 2011.


The report contains an extensive data section with a detailed profile for each of the 142 economies featured in the study, providing a comprehensive summary of the overall position in the rankings, as well as data tables with global rankings for over 110 indicators.


Established in 2006, the Competitiveness Support Fund (CSF) is a joint initiative of the Ministry of Finance, Government of Pakistan, and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) with the mandate to reposition the Pakistan’s Economy on a more global competitive footing.