South Africa is the 60 most competitive nation in the world out of 140 countries ranked in the 2018 edition of the Global Competitiveness Report published by the World Economic Forum. Competitiveness Rank in South Africa averaged 51.69 from 2007 until 2019, reaching an all time high of 67 in 2018 and a record low of 35 in 2007.

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South Africa Business Last Previous Highest Lowest Unit
Business Confidence 21.00 28.00 92.00 12.00 Index Points [+]
Manufacturing PMI 41.60 45.70 60.87 35.09 [+]
Industrial Production -1.80 -0.70 18.50 -23.20 percent [+]
Industrial Production Mom 1.30 0.80 9.10 -8.70 percent [+]
Capacity Utilization 81.70 81.70 86.20 76.90 percent [+]
Changes in Inventories 25999.00 -13686.00 66699.00 -59774.00 ZAR Million [+]
Bankruptcies 176.00 183.00 511.00 63.00 Companies [+]
Total Vehicle Sales 49191.00 45537.00 65689.00 18482.00 [+]
Car Registrations 33139.00 29003.00 43659.00 5155.00 [+]
Leading Economic Index 0.70 -0.80 4.70 -3.70 percent [+]
Internet Speed 6736.79 6595.61 6736.79 685.91 KBps [+]
IP Addresses 4274668.00 3727821.00 6727656.00 520279.00 IP [+]
Mining Production -3.20 1.40 23.20 -17.40 percent [+]
Steel Production 434.00 464.40 885.00 182.00 Thousand Tonnes [+]
Coincident Index 92.40 89.10 141.17 88.12 Index Points [+]
Competitiveness Index 62.44 60.76 62.44 4.31 Points [+]
Competitiveness Rank 60.00 67.00 67.00 35.00 [+]
Composite Pmi 49.20 49.70 52.70 46.40 [+]
Ease of Doing Business 82.00 82.00 82.00 32.00 [+]
Electricity Production 21481.00 22530.00 23801.00 10439.00 Gigawatt-hour [+]
Corruption Index 43.00 43.00 56.80 41.00 Points [+]
Corruption Rank 73.00 71.00 73.00 23.00 [+]
Gold Production -5.40 -13.40 75.70 -47.10 percent [+]


South Africa Competitiveness Rank

The most recent 2018 edition of Global Competitiveness Report assesses 140 economies. In 2018, the World Economic Forum introduced a new methodology emphasizing the role of human capital, innovation, resilience and agility, as not only drivers but also defining features of economic success in the 4th Industrial Revolution. As a result, the GCI scale changed to 1 to 100 from 1 to 7, with higher average score meaning higher degree of competitiveness. The report is made up of 98 variables organized into twelve pillars with the most important including: institutions; infrastructure; ICT adoption; macroeconomic stability; health; skills; product market; labour market; financial system; market size; business dynamism; and innovation capability. This page provides the latest reported value for - South Africa Competitiveness Rank - plus previous releases, historical high and low, short-term forecast and long-term prediction, economic calendar, survey consensus and news. South Africa Competitiveness Rank - actual data, historical chart and calendar of releases - was last updated on October of 2019.

Actual Previous Highest Lowest Dates Unit Frequency
60.00 67.00 67.00 35.00 2007 - 2019 Yearly




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Singapore 1.00 Dec/19
United States 2.00 Dec/19
Netherlands 4.00 Dec/19
Switzerland 5.00 Dec/19
Japan 6.00 Dec/19
Germany 7.00 Dec/19
United Kingdom 9.00 Dec/19
South Korea 13.00 Dec/19
Canada 14.00 Dec/19
France 15.00 Dec/19
Australia 16.00 Dec/19
Spain 23.00 Dec/19
China 28.00 Dec/19
Italy 30.00 Dec/19
Saudi Arabia 36.00 Dec/19
Russia 43.00 Dec/19
Mexico 48.00 Dec/19
Indonesia 50.00 Dec/19
South Africa 60.00 Dec/19
Turkey 61.00 Dec/19
India 68.00 Dec/19
Brazil 71.00 Dec/19
Argentina 83.00 Dec/19


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