Industry Investment Conditions

The World Competitiveness Yearbook is an annual report published by the Swiss-based International Institute for Management Development (IMD). The Yearbook ranks 63 countries based on more than 340 business competitiveness criteria. Two-thirds are based on statistical indicators and one-third is based on a survey of more than 6000 international executives conducted in February/March each year.

The Global Competitiveness Report is an annual report published by the World Economic Forum (WEF). The Report ranks the competitiveness of economies using the Global Competitiveness Index (GCI). The GCI examines the impact of factors including the macroeconomic environment, the quality of the country’s institutions and the state of the country’s technology and supporting infrastructure. The index is informed by data from the WEF’s annual Executive Opinion Survey (the same survey as the IMD) as well as statistical data from internationally recognised agencies.

Some caution should be taken when examining rankings over time as the number of countries surveyed can change from year to year. The methodology and indicators the rankings are based on can also change. For more detailed information on Australia’s Competitiveness, refer to the 2016 Australian Industry Report.

Capital investment is money spent by a company to purchase or upgrade physical assets such as property, industrial buildings or equipment. It is often used to undertake new projects by the firm.

Capital investment provides an indication of the prospects for future economic growth because future productive capacity depends on current investment.