SINGAPORE - Singapore is the world's most competitive economy, according to an updated global league table.
It scored 84.8 out of a possible 100, beating the United States to the top spot in the ranking of 141 economies.
The US, which topped the charts last year, scored 83.7.
"Singapore improves from an already high base," the World Economic Forum said on Wednesday (Oct 9), adding that the country ranked first for infrastructure - one of the index's 12 assessment pillars.
Singapore also was No. 1 for two of the index's other pillars - citizens' healthy life expectancy years and labour markets.
Minister for Trade and Industry Chan Chun Sing said on Facebook that the ranking was encouraging as it reflected how strong economic fundamentals here continue to distinguish Singapore from its competitors.
“Nevertheless, as a small and open economy, we cannot afford to take things for granted,” he added.
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Singapore must persevere collectively to stay ahead given the current economic uncertainties, he said.
“We must continue to build on our strong fundamentals, improve the capabilities of our enterprises, transform our industries and ensure that our workers are well-equipped with the right skills to stay competitive.”
The report noted that Singapore also scored well because of its financial system, market efficiency and macroeconomic stability.
"Singapore ranks second for the quality of public institutions, behind Finland, but its performance is undermined by limited checks and balances," the report said.
"Singapore notably ranks 124th on the Freedom of the Press Index - and lack of commitment to sustainability."
The report added that Singapore will need to promote entrepreneurship and further improve its skills base to become a global innovation hub.
It also noted that the US performed better in domestic competition and trade openness last year.
"Despite an overall weaker performance this year, the US remains one of the most competitive economies in the world. It is still an innovation powerhouse, ranking second on the innovation capability pillar and first in terms of business dynamism... and home to one of the most dynamic financial systems in the world."Source : The Straits Times