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The Africa Competitiveness Report 2009
Published Wednesday 10 June 2009

The Africa Competitiveness Report 2009
African businesses can become far more competitive, but African governments and their international partners will need to improve access to finance, resist pressure to erect trade barriers, upgrade infrastructure, improve healthcare and educational systems, and strengthen institutions.

The conclusions, released today at the launch of a major new report, The Africa Competitiveness Report 2009, reflect research efforts of three institutions – the World Economic Forum, the African Development Bank and the World Bank. Limited access to financial services remains a major obstacle for African enterprises, but underdeveloped infrastructure, limited healthcare and educational services, and poor institutional frameworks also make African countries less competitive in the global marketplace. The report also points to a number of success stories in the region that highlight steps countries can take to improve the business environment.

The report highlights two short-term and three longer term policy themes for improving the competitiveness of African economies.

The two short-term themes are:
1) Increasing access to finance through market-enabling policies.
2) Keeping markets open to trade.

The three longer term themes are:
3) Infrastructure remains one of the top constraints to businesses in Africa.
4) Inefficient basic education and healthcare systems constrain Africa’s productive potential.
5) More examples of good governance and strong and visionary leadership are needed.

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For further information on the Global Competitiveness Network, please contact gcp@weforum.org

    
 

  Rankings 2009
Africa Competitiveness Report Top Ten

 Rankings in full (PDF)
Rank
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
Country
Tunisia
South Africa
Botswana
Mauritius
Morocco
Namibia
Egypt
Gambia, The
Kenya
Nigeria
Score
4.6
4.4
4.2
4.2
4.1
4.0
4.0
3.9
3.8
3.8

 Related links

 Press release
 Download the full report (PDF)
 Browse the report (HTML)
 Report cover (PDF)
 World Economic Forum on Africa 2009


 Media Coverage

 AFP
 BusinessDay
 China View
 Ghana Business News
 MoneyWeb
 People's Daily Online
 Pressemitteilungen
 Rwanda New Times
 Turkish Weekly
 VOA News



    
 
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