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Global Competitiveness Network

Through its reports and activities the Global Competitiveness Network of the World Economic Forum identifies impediments to growth and thereby helps stimulate the development of relevant strategies to achieve sustained economic progress.

The GCN team works with leading academics worldwide to ensure latest thinking and research on global competitiveness are incorporated into its reports.

These reports range from global coverage, such as The Global Competitiveness Report, to the regional and topical, such as the Gender Gap study, the Arab World Competitiveness Report and the The Global Information Technology Report.

Global Competitiveness Report
The GCN's flagship publication is the Global Competitiveness Report (GCR). It is the most comprehensive and authoritative assessment of the comparative strengths and weaknesses of national economies, used by governments, academics and business leaders.

The GCR was first published in 1979 and its coverage has expanded each year since, now extending to 117 major and emerging economies. Further expansion of coverage is planned.

The 2005-2006 Report was released on 28 September 2005.

Executive Opinion Survey
The Global Competitiveness Report is underpinned by the GCP's annual Executive Opinion Survey (EOS). The EOS captures the expert opinions of over 11,000 business leaders and entrepreneurs on:

  • Macroeconomic Environment
  • Public Institutions: Corruption
  • Technology, Innovation and Diffusion
  • Domestic Competition
  • Human Resources: Education, Health and Labour
  • Cluster Development
  • General Infrastructure
  • Company Operations and Strategy
  • Public Institutions: Contracts and Law
  • Environment

  • The Growth Competitiveness Index and Business Competitiveness Index are extrapolated from results of the EOS.

    Programme Activities
    In the context of the Forum’s Annual Meeting and regional events, the Global Competitiveness Network runs competitiveness sessions and workshops through which it helps national economies improve their competitiveness.. The workshops are an opportunity for leaders of business, government, academia, international organizations and civil society to debate key competitiveness issues on the global agenda, drawing on the results of the Forum’s competitiveness reports.

    The Global Competitiveness Network also gives presentations around the world to research institutes and national governments keen to strengthen their economies.

    Contact us
    For information about the GCN, please contact gcp@weforum.org.

    Latest Reports

    Global Information Technology Report 2005-2006
  • Press release
  • Interview with our Chief Economist

    The Global Competitiveness Report 2005-2006
    released on 28 September
  • Watch and read interviews with three of the report's authors

    Global Gender Gap
  • The first of its kind, it ranks countries according to the size of their gender gap, based on economic, political, health and educational criteria.
  • Interview with Economist and Co-Author, Saadia Zahidi

    The Arab World Competitiveness Report 2005
  • Press release

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