In 2019, the Dutch economy will for the first time be the most competitive in Europe. Worldwide, only Singapore, the United States and Hong Kong are still ahead. This is reflected today in the annual, leading ranking of the Global Competitiveness Index.
The list was drawn up by the World Economic Forum (WEF). In 2016 and 2017, the Netherlands was already the most competitive country in the European Union, but then it still had to leave Switzerland behind.
Maintaining top position
State Secretary Mona Keijzer (Economic Affairs and Climate): "The WEF report states that 'the Dutch economy has become much more dynamic' and that 'our infrastructure, the functioning of the government including economic policy and the increased growth of innovative companies' are world-class. These are nice and deserved compliments to our entrepreneurs, their employees and our knowledge institutions. But we will have to continue to invest in innovation, both public and private, in order to maintain that top position and thus our jobs and income in the future as well. For example, in a technology such as AI, for which the government, companies and science announced their strategy yesterday."
Rotterdam one of most innovative European cities
By the end of September, the European Union had already declared Rotterdam one of the six most innovative cities in Europe. An example of how Rotterdam stimulates new innovations is the UP!Rotterdam programme. UP!Rotterdam connects and strengthens initiatives that facilitate access to talent, international markets and financing. This gives entrepreneurs and the city room to grow.