Israel dropped one notch to 27th place in the World Economic Forum’s 2013 Global
Competitiveness Index, released Wednesday. The Index is based on measures of 12
basic pillars: institutions, infrastructure, the macroeconomic environment,
health, education, market efficiency, the labor market, financialmarket
development, technological readiness, market size, innovation and business
Since 2011, the country’s score on a scale of 1 to 7
dropped from 5.1, which ranked No. 22, to 4.9. By far the most problematic
factor listed for doing business was inefficient government bureaucracy,
followed by access to financing, tax regulations and restrictive labor
Israel’s innovativeness accounted for many of its strengths.
It ranked No. 1 on quality of scientific research and in the top 10 for every
aspect of innovation.
As was the case last year, Switzerland topped the
list, followed by Singapore and Finland. The United States moved up from No. 7
to No. 5, while the UK dropped from No. 8 to No. 10.
Even within the
Middle East, Israel did not top the list. Qatar ranked No. 13, the United Arab
Emirates was No. 19 and Saudi Arabia was No. 20.
Economy and Trade
Ministry Naftali Bennett has said a central policy goal of his is to make it
easier to do business.