HE Ambassador Paul Garnier / Ambassador of Switzerland to Egypt
HE Ambassador Premjith Sadavisan / Ambassador of Singapore to Egypt
HE Ambassador Sibille de CARTIER d’YVES / Ambassador of Belgium to Egypt
Mr. Matthias Fischer / Head of the Commercial Service German Embassy in Cairo
Sharing Experiences with the World’s most Competitive Nations
The top ten of the CGI 2017 – 2018 was dominated by European countries namely Switzerland (1), Netherland (4), Germany (5), Sweden (7), United Kingdom (8) and Finland (10). Singapore (3), Hong Kong (6) and Japan (9) were the most competitive of the Asian economies, while the United States (2) was the sole representative of the Americas. Breaking a 6 year streak, Singapore has dropped one position to become the third most competitive nation in the world overtaken by the United States (2). The Netherlands (4) maintains its position with the support of a strong education system and high levels of tech readiness while Hong Kong climbed three places to become the sixth most competitive nation in the world.
This open discussion panel will host a distinguished group of Ambassadors and Senior Diplomats representing some of the top 20 most competitive nations according to the World Economic forum’s Global Competitiveness Index 2017 – 2018. The session will discuss global competitiveness from an international perspective and share the thoughts and experiences of the participating countries respectively. The panel will touch upon the impact of disruptive technology, innovation, education and economic reform on global competitiveness while presenting thoughts on the ongoing shifting trends in the global economy.