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The World Economic Forum’s (WEF) Global Competitiveness Report assesses the competitiveness landscape of 140 economies, providing insight into the drivers of their productivity and prosperity. The Report series remains the most comprehensive assessment of national competitiveness worldwide.


The recently released World Economic Forum Global Competitiveness Report for 2016 and 2017 shows that South Africa slightly improved both in its score and ranking, which now lies at 47th and is up two places from last year. The most significant areas of progress include enhanced competition, better use of talent in terms of how pay reflects productivity, and a small upgrade in the quality of education. On the negative side, the most problematic factors for doing business in South Africa were inefficient government bureaucracy; restrictive labour regulation, and an inadequately educated workforce. We have also provided a table below that outlines the South African index in detail and gives a ranking out of 138 countries on the respective tourism-related indices calculated in the report.

Specific tourism-related indices calculated

Rank out of 138 countries

Efficiency of legal framework in challenging  regulations 10 / 138
Transparency of government policymaking 44 / 138
Reliability of police services 115 / 138
Quality of overall infrastructure 59 / 138
Quality of roads 29 / 138
Quality of airport infrastructure 10 / 138
Available airline seat kilometres (millions/week) 28 / 138
Extent of staff training 19 / 138
Intensity of local competitions 30 / 138
Number of procedures to start a business 54 / 138
Prevalence of foreign ownership 31 / 138
Flexibility of wage determination 135 / 138
Ease of access to loans 12 / 138
Soundness of banks 02 / 138
Mobile-broadband subscriptions 57 / 138
Capacity for innovation 25 / 138

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