India slips down 10 places to 68th rank on global competitiveness index

India has moved down 10 places to rank 68th in a global index that measures competitiveness, because it fared poorly in most parameters corresponding to infrastructure, the adoption of data, communications and expertise (ICT), monetary markets, abilities, and innovation functionality, in contrast to final 12 months.

Besides, the nation couldn’t preserve tempo with many small however intently positioned nations corresponding to Colombia, Azerbaijan, and Turkey, confirmed the Global Competitiveness Report 2019, launched by the Geneva-based World Economic Forum (WEF) on Wednesday. As many as 141 nations had been surveyed for the index.

On macroeconomic stability, nonetheless, India’s place improved to 43rd from 49th in 2018. This got here at a time when analysts have expressed doubts over the federal government’s means to meet its fiscal deficit goal of three.three per cent of gross home product (GDP) for 2019-20. Keeping inflation in examine appears to have labored in favour of India, which was the top-most nation on this entrance, scoring 100 per cent as towards 99.9 per cent final 12 months. The different section inside macroeconomic stability wherein the nation’s rating improved was debt dynamics.

Product market effectivity, the place India improved its rating to 101 from 110 final 12 months, is undermined by a scarcity of commerce openness, the WEF mentioned. These had been the one two broad parameters the place India bettered its rating and rating in 2019 in contrast to final 12 months.


Within the parameter of establishments, the liberty of the press noticed India’s rank dropping to 114th from 112th.

In the general index, India scored 61.four out of 100, as towards 62.1 final 12 months.

The WEF mentioned the drop was solely partly the consequence of a comparatively small decline within the rating, by 0.7 factors, and extra considerably, the progress made by a number of nations ranked shut to India: Colombia with 62.7 factors (ranked 57th), Azerbaijan (62.7 factors at 58th), and Turkey (62.1 factors at 61st).

Within the BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) nations, India trailed China by 40 places and 14 factors. South Africa was at 60th place with 62.four factors. Along with Brazil, India was among the many low-performing nations within the grouping, mentioned the WEF. Brazil was positioned at 71st with 60.9 factors. Russia was on the 43rd rank with 68.7 rating.

On the essential monetary sector parameter, India’s place deteriorated to 40th from 35th. However, the WEF mentioned India’s monetary sector was comparatively deep and steady regardless of the excessive delinquency price (10 per cent of the mortgage portfolio — ranked at 106th), which contributed to the weakening of its banking system.

India carried out properly in innovation, securing the 35th place, properly forward of most rising economies and on a par with a number of superior economies.

The WEF cautioned that rising economies with rising innovation capability corresponding to China, India and Brazil should additionally higher steadiness technological integration and human capital investments. This contrasts with main shortcomings in among the fundamental enablers of competitiveness. ICT adoption is restricted (120th rank).

India should additionally develop its abilities base, the place it ranked 107th, the WEF mentioned.

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