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Competitiveness: The Business of Growth

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Competing in the world economy does not automatically boost a nation¿s productivity and restructure its economy. Such progress requires mobilizing capital, employment, technology and knowledge. Opportunities beyond the business realm must be fully exploited to the benefit of society as a whole.

These essential strategies underlie Competitiveness: The Business of Growth, this year¿s edition of Economic and Social Progress in Latin America. The Report offers the most complete comparison to date of indicators of competitiveness for some 20 countries in the region, including:

¿ International rankings of competitiveness
¿ Constraints to business development
¿ Export composition and performance
¿ Availability of and access to financing
¿ Human resources and training
¿ Port, electricity and telecommunications infrastructure
¿ Innovation and informatics
¿ Industrial and investment policies
¿ Foreign direct investment The Report provides clear policy guidelines and priorities for both government and the private sector to foster competitiveness. It identifies each country¿s strengths and weaknesses and proposes strategies to increase productivity and improve access by businesses to productive resources.

¿Developing countries have far more potential for growth than appearances would suggest. The assets of the poor represent an enormous potential source of growth, but only if conditions exist to convert those assets into capital. This volume examines obstacles to business development that have impeded social and economic progress in Latin America. The Report provides solid and statistically-supported arguments why economic growth should become Latin America¿s most promising ¿business¿ in the years ahead.¿-- Hernando de Soto, President Institute for Liberty and Democracy Author of The Mystery of Capital

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