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Saturday, September 11, 2010
> France Moves Up in Latest WEF Global Competitiveness Index

France moved up one place in the latest edition of the World Economic Forum's (WEF) Global Competitiveness Index.  Ranked 15th out of 139 countries, France received extra attention for various strengths.

  • France's infrastructure is ranked 4th in the world, with an exceptional road and rail network, as well as high calibre energy and communication infrastructure.
  • A highly-skilled workforce and well-respected educational system were additional factors contributing the France's growing economic competitiveness (5th in the world for the quality of its business schools, 11th for the quality of its mathematics and science education)
  • These strengths have allowed France to build an aggressive enterprising culture when it comes to adopting new technologies (12th for its strengths in new technologies), which also helps to increase productivity.

The top ten countries remained the same from 2009, with Switzerland, Sweden and Singapore among the top three.

China ranked as the most competitive emerging country, moving up two spots at 27th.  India was ranked 51st, Brazil 58th and Russia in 63rd place.

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