Top Ten Websites on Competitiveness and Business Development


Una vez más, y ahora en una ocasión especial, Martin D. Chrisney del BID nos comparte esta selección de los mejores sitios de internet sobre Competitividad y Desarrollo Empresarial. Es de notarse que en la segunda posición aparece TCI !!!. FELICIDADES.

Aprovechamos para desearles lo mejor en estas fiestas y en el 2011

Top Ten Websites on Competitiveness and Business Development

10. LatinoAmé (LAP) NEW

A Spanish language site to support sustainable development practices in Latin America among business and NGOs.   The project is lead by Roberto Artavia, former Dean of the INCAE business school and a thought leader on competitiveness topics in the region.


9. MAP (Better Conditions for Productivity) NEW

In 2010, the IDB launched 2 calls for proposals under the window ¨Better Conditions for Productivity¨ (MAP in Spanish).  The response to the calls has been overwhelming and the quality of the research and project proposals very high.  You can find the winners of the first call on Informality and Regulation on the web page, and in January we will announce the winners of the SME Finance call that just ended.  On the web page you can sign up on the consultants mailing list and follow MAP activities in 2011.

8. Ireland’s National Competitiveness Council

What was said last year, when this site was first listed, bears repeating:  ¨Once again a test case for policymakers, Ireland’s NCC faces its toughest challenge as economic growth recedes and macro imbalances reappear.  Look at the Annual Report which uses over 140 variables to assess the state of the Irish “miracle”. ¨

7. Top Entrepreneurship Research & Policy Network (ERPN) Organizations (Beta)

Sign up at SSRN

The Social Science Research Network is the best one-stop source for academic literature and a must read. The list of top research sites on entrepreneurship is the following:

1) NBER, 2) Harvard, 3) European Corporate Governance Institute, 4) Centre for Economic Policy Research,

6. RIAC: Interamerican Competitiveness Network NEW

A regional network of competitiveness councils in Latin America and the Caribbean launched in 2009 in Santiago, Chile. The aim is to support multilateral efforts to build regional competitiveness and productivity by exchanging best practice and implementing joint initiatives.  The 3rd Meeting of the RIAC took place in Atlanta, Georgia in November and featured a workshop on Competitiveness in the Caribbean, while the 4th meeting is planned for the Dominican Republic in 2011.  The website has a unique political perspective on trends and events related to competitiveness in Latin America and the Caribbean.

5. The Institute for Competitiveness NEW

This newly created institute features a mix of academic, business and consulting leaders on its board and is dedicated to being a driver for the competitiveness discussion in India.  It features publications on City and State competitiveness, the Journal of Competitiveness, and the India Economic Quarterly.   The Institute hosted the 13th TCI Annual Global Conference in Delhi in 2010, and will clearly be a testing ground for many of the concepts used in supporting business development worldwide.

4. Business Climate, Legal and Institutional Reform

Developed by USAID, the BizCLIR highlights data and information on business climate, including a sobering look at the use and abuse of Doing Business indicators. Also includes an extensive list of “best” practices on everything from customs law to tax simplification.

3The 2010 IDB/World Bank Group Entrepreneurship Survey and Database for Latin America and the Caribbean

This year the IDB and Compete Caribbean have partnered with the World Bank to prepare a regional enterprise survey with a broad coverage of the Caribbean islands.  The new survey results will come out in mid-2011 and will be featured in a joint IDB-World Bank publication.  The existing site is still the most authoritative source for cross-country data on firms in over 100 developing and industrial countries.

2. The Competitiveness Institute (TCI)
The Competitiveness Institute (TCI) is building a network of practitioners and policymakers around the globe.  This year’s highlights includes the Delhi 2010 conference and the 1st TCI World Conference on Tourism Clusters.

1. World Economic Forum TOP PICK
This year´s report gives more evidence that emerging markets are doing better than their industrialized counterparts, where there has been some slippage from the Great Financial Crisis.  For example,  the U.S drops 2 notches (4th) and Spain 9 places (42nd),  while China moves up 2 places (27th).   This view is further supported with theFinancial Development Report 2010, which shows the US and UK stagnant or weakening, while some Asian competitors closed the gap (Hong Kong, Singapore). The report finds that emerging market economies already are the main driver of increases in Global GDP and this  likely continue in the coming years.

Martin D. Chrisney
Principal Private Sector Specialist
Institutional Capacity and Finance Sector

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