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India's position went down by two notches in the
ranking of world competitiveness, according to Swiss-based
World Economic Forum (WEF).

The country stood at the 52nd position this year against the 50th
rank a year before, according to the 1999 Global
Competitiveness Report, an annual economic survey of close to
4,000 business executives compiled by WEF. The survey
showed the ranking of 59 countries.

Singapore retained the top ranking, while the United States
moved up to second position compared to the third spot last
year. Hong Kong stood at the second position against the third
rank in 1998.

Following are the rankings in 1999, while those of 1998 are given
in parenthesis: Singapore (1), United States (3), Hong Kong (2),
Taiwan (6), Canada (5), Switzerland (8), Luxembourg (10),
Britain (4), The Netherlands (7), Ireland (11), Finland (15),
Australia (14), New Zealand (13), Japan (12), Norway (9),
Malaysia (17), Denmark (16), Iceland (30), Sweden (23),
Austria (20), Chile (18), South Korea (19), France (22), Belgium
(27), Germany (24), Spain (25), Portugal (26), Israel (29),
Mauritius (NA), Thailand (21), Mexico (32), China (28), The
Philippines (33), Costa Rica (NA), Italy (41), Peru (37),
Indonesia (31), Hungary (43), The Czech Republic (35), Jordan
(34), Greece (44), Argentina (36), Poland (49), Turkey (40),
Slovakia (48), El Salvador (NA), South Africa (42), Vietnam
(39), Egypt (38), Venezuela (45), Brazil (46), India (50),
Ecuador (NA), Colombia (47), Bolivia (NA), Bulgaria (NA),
Zimbabwe (51), Ukraine (53) and Russia (52).(UNI)

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Sincerely,
Vamsi M.



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