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Thailand Improves IMD Ranking IMD released its 25th annual ranking of 60 countries, showing that Thailand has improved to 27th from 30th, and is now third among the ASEAN countries. Thailand has improved in the four main categories, namely in economic performance it is now ranked 9th, up from 15th; in government efficiency is now 22nd, up from 26th; in business efficiency it is now 18th, up from 23rd and in infrastructure Thailand has moved up one place to 48th from 49th. Among the highlights of the new rankings, “The US has regained the No. 1 spot in 2013, thanks to a rebounding financial sector, an abundance of technological innovation and successful companies. China (21) and Japan (24) are also increasing their competitiveness. In the case of Japan, Abenomics seems to be having an initial impact on the dynamism of the economy.” Professor Stéphane Garelli, director of the IMD World Competitiveness Center, said: “While the euro zone remains stalled, the robust comeback of the US to the top of the competitiveness rankings, and better news from Japan, have revived the austerity debate. Structural reforms are unavoidable, but growth remains a prerequisite for competitiveness. In addition, the harshness of austerity measures too often antagonizes the population. In the end, countries need to preserve social cohesion to deliver prosperity.”

IMD ranking  

MDA Consulting SEA

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