How Singapore stacks up: What do global reports scoring country's performance say

Global reports scoring Republic's performance show overall rosy picture, persistent weak spots

Singapore tends to do well on indices which measure a country's economic potential, such as innovation, competitiveness, and being a smart city.
Singapore tends to do well on indices which measure a country's economic potential, such as innovation, competitiveness, and being a smart city. PHOTO: REUTERS

On average, a new report on how Singapore stacks up against the global competition emerges every other week.

One of the latest, the Human Development Index by the United Nations Development Programme, attempts to determine a country's level of development by indicators such as education and living standards. Singapore was ranked ninth this year.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on December 16, 2019, with the headline 'How S'pore stacks up'. Subscribe