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Uganda drops in global competitiveness rankings

Source: Daily Monitor
KAMPALA Uganda has dropped eight places in the latest global growth competitiveness rankings.
According to the Global Competitiveness Report 2005-2006 released by the World Economic Forum (WEF) on Wednesday, Uganda dropped from 79th position in 2004 to 87th in 2005 among 117 countries.

Its East African counterpart, Tanzania, climbed 11 places from 82nd to 71st position to become the most competitive economy in the region. Kenya is ranked third at 87.
The index is designed to measure the set of institutions, market structures and economic policies supportive of national prosperity.

However, Uganda was cited as having the 11th best macro economic environment in Africa out of 25 countries surveyed (71st in the world), putting her higher than Tanzania and Kenya which are placed in the 76th and 77th positions respectively.

In the public institutions index, Uganda ranked lower than Tanzania at position 84 in the world, while Tanzania stood at position 59 and Kenya further behind at 92. However, Kenya is a giant in the technology index at number 8 of the 25 countries surveyed in Africa with Uganda and Tanzania coming behind in 10th and 12th positions respectively.

“By highlighting the strengths and weaknesses of an economy, policymakers and business leaders are offered an important tool to assist them in the formulation of improved economic policies and institutional reforms,” said Mr Klaus Schwab, the Founder and Executive Chairman of the WEF.

He said the Report is a contribution to enhancing understanding of the key ingredients of economic growth and prosperity.

Finland remains the most competitive economy in the world, topping the rankings for the second consecutive year. The United States of America is in the second position, followed by Sweden, Taiwan, Denmark and Norway, consecutively.

South Africa is the continent’s best-ranked country at position 41. Other African countries that have shown good performances in the rankings are Botswana (46th) and Mauritius (52nd).
The study is one of the leading monitors of the competitive condition of economies worldwide. WEF has been producing competitiveness reports for 26 years.

The rankings are drawn from publicly available data for each of the economies studied and from a comprehensive evaluation conducted by leading research institutes and business organisations in the countries covered by the report.

The survey questionnaire was designed to capture a broad range of factors affecting an economy’s business environment and that are key determinants of sustained economic growth.

Particular attention was placed on elements of the macroeconomic environment, the quality of public institutions, which underpin the development process, and the level of technological readiness and innovation.

Last month, a World Bank ‘Ease of doing business,” study showed that globally, Uganda was in 74th place while Kenya 68th and Tanzania 136th in terms of ease of starting and running new businesses.

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