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Hong Kong placed 7th in IMD world competitiveness rankings


HONG KONG - The Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) government on Thursday welcomed a renowned world report that ranked Hong Kong seventh in terms of annual competitiveness of world economies, saying the report has continued to recognize Hong Kongs strengths in various aspects.

The World Competitiveness Yearbook 2021, published by the International Institute for Management Development (IMD), continued to put Hong Kong in the first place in terms of "government efficiency," one of the four competitiveness factors, although its rankings in "economic performance," "business efficiency" and "infrastructure" were slightly lower.

As to the sub-factors, Hong Kong continued to top the list in "business legislation," while its rankings in "international trade," "tax policy," "finance" and "management practices" remained in the top three positions.

The global financial hub was ranked as the fifth most competitive economy in the IMD report last year.

A spokesperson for the HKSAR government welcomes the latest report and said Hong Kong's institutional strengths, including the rule of law, free trade and investment and a favorable business environment, have remained unscathed after unprecedented challenges over the past years.

The HKSAR government is committed to enhancing Hong Kong's status as an international financial, transportation and trade center and developing Hong Kong into an international innovation and technology hub, an international aviation hub and a green city, the spokesperson said.

Looking forward, the spokesperson said Hong Kong will continue to play its unique roles as a gateway, a springboard and an intermediary under "one country, two systems" and seize the opportunities arising from national development.

Published : June 18, 2021

By : China Daily/ANN