According to The World Competitiveness Yearbook 2019, which it is annually published by the International Institute for Management Development (IMD) located in Lausanne of Switzerland, Qatar ranked (10) out of (63) mostly high-income countries, comparing with (14) in 2018. This year’s assessment confirms Qatar’s strong performance across various fields. The evaluation is based on a set of statistical indicators collected from different local and international statistical sources, as well as on opinions collected via surveys distributed to more than 200 local business leaders, who provided their views on Qatar’s economy competitive position.
Areas, where Qatar ranked highly in the report, included: economic performance (3), government efficiency (5) and business efficiency (10). Moreover, Qatar has achieved its ranking at (40) for infrastructure.
This ranking has been positively influenced by many factors including strong economic performance as represented by, Qatar’s low unemployment rate, and the high percentages of gross fixed capital formation (capital investments) , and saving to GDP, of trade balance to GDP, and the high level of overall productivity , as well as high GDP (PPP) per capita .low Consumer price inflation.
The assessment of Qatar’s competitiveness in IMD World Competitiveness Yearbook 2019 is a collaborative effort of IMD and the Planning and Statistic Authority (Ministry of Development Planning and Statistics formerly). The State of Qatar has been contributed to the IMD Competitiveness Yearbook for the 11th time.
His Excellency the president of Planning & Statistics Authority, Dr. Saleh Bin Mohammed Al Nabit, welcomed the findings of the report, stating that, “these results confirm that our overall performance is solid, and they will certainly help us to identify those areas where we need to consolidate gains and make further improvements”. He added that “Qatar’s Second National Development Strategy (2018-2022) sets out clear goals in the areas of economic infrastructure and private sector development that will lead to economic and social growth. Qatar has no option but to diversify its economy. If it is to achieve this, we must continuously work to increase efficiency and productivity and improve our international competitiveness. These results show us where we need to increase our efforts and improve further. The IMD findings will be carefully studied and, along with other indicators, will help us to exert our efforts to bolster our economy further”.