The Global Competitiveness Report 2012-2013 assesses the competitiveness landscape of 144 economies, providing insight into the drivers of their productivity and prosperity. The Report series remains the most comprehensive assessment of national competitiveness worldwide. Access the data platform to visualize and download the data.
This year’s report findings show that Switzerland tops the overall rankings in The Global Competitiveness Report for the fourth consecutive year. Singapore remains in second position with Finland, in third position, overtaking Sweden 4th). These and other Northern and Western European countries dominate the top 10 with the Netherlands, Germany and United Kingdom respectively ranked 5th, 6th and 8th. The United States (7th), Hong Kong (9th) and Japan (10th) complete the top 10. The Report emphasizes persisting competitiveness divides across and within regions, as short-termism and political deadlock continue to hold back the economic performance of many countries and regions. Looking forward, productivity improvements and private sector investment will be key to improving global economies at a time of heightened uncertainty about the global economic outlook. To view the full report download here
Doing Business 2013 is the 10th in a series of annual reports investigating the regulations that enhance business activity and those that constrain it. Doing Business presents quantitative indicators on business regulations and the protection of property rights that can be compared across 185 economies—from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe—and over time.
Regulations aff ecting 11 areas of the life of a business are covered: starting a business,dealing with construction permits, getting electricity, registering property, getting credit, protecting investors, paying taxes, trading across borders, enforcing contracts, resolving insolvency and employing workers. The employing workers data are not included in this year’s ranking on the ease of doing business.
Data in Doing Business 2013 are current as of June 1, 2012. The indicators are used to analyze economic outcomes and identify what reforms of business regulation have
worked, where and why.
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The World Economic Outlook (WEO) presents the IMF staff's analysis and projections of economic developments at the global level, in major country groups (classified by region, stage of development, etc.), and in many individual countries. It focuses on major economic policy issues as well as on the analysis of economic developments and prospects. It is usually prepared twice a year, as documentation for meetings of the International Monetary and Financial Committee, and forms the main instrument of the IMF's global surveillance activities.
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Today, the UAE is one of the world’s preferred trade and logistics hubs. In 2012 the World Bank Doing Business Report ranked the UAE 5th for the ease of Trading Across Borders, out of 183 countries.1 This is significant in a world of rising global interdependence and growth in international trade. Trade is a key economic activity in the globalized economy, as reflected in the dramatic rise in exports internationally. Between 1994 and 2009, total world exports increased by 120% from US$5 trillion to US$11 trillion,2 surpassing world GDP growth.