- Ranked 1st out of 67 countries in the ExpatInter's The Best & Worst Places for Expats in the 2016 Report
- Ranked 15th out of 140 countries in the WEF's Global Competitiveness Report
- Ranked 6th out of 132 countries in the Global Entrepreneurship and Development Index
- Ranked 3rd in overall investment environment by BERI
- The 14th in the IMD 2016 World Competitiveness Yearbook
- The 11th economy for ease of doing business by Doing Business 2016
In the ExpatInsider's The Best & Worst Places for Expats in 2016 Report, Taiwan is the 1st place out of 67 countries in the overall ranking. Taiwan holds first place in the Quality of Life and Personal Finance Indices, impressing with the quality and affordability of its healthcare and the enviable financial situation of expats living there.
In the World Economic Forum's (WEF) Global Competitiveness Report 2015-2016, Taiwan retained its ranking of 15th among the 140 countries and economies covered in the report, and ranked 4th among all Asian economies.
Taiwan remained within the world's top 10 percent, which indicates that its competitiveness remains solid amid signs of a slowdown in the global economic recovery.
In addition, the WEF categorizes countries into three stages of development: factor-driven, efficiency-driven, and innovation-driven, based on the gross domestic product (GDP) per capita. Taiwan is categorized as a country with an innovation-driven economy. According to the 2013 Global Entrepreneurship Index (GEI), Taiwan ranked No. 1 globally in entrepreneurship aspiration. Taiwan has a distinct advantage in the global market due to the strength of its innovation and of its research and development.
The Global Entrepreneurship Index, compiled by the Global Entrepreneurship and Development Institute, measures and ranks global entrepreneurship. According to the preliminary GEI 2016 report published in November 2015 by the Global Entrepreneurship and Development Institute, Taiwan took 6th place among 132 countries. Taiwan's ranking improved two places from the 2015 results. The index placed Taiwan 2nd in Asia, ahead of Singapore, South Korea, Japan, Hong Kong; and China.
According to the IMD's 2016 World Competitiveness Yearbook , Taiwan ranked 14th. The IMD World Competitiveness Yearbook shows that Taiwan rose two spots in Economic Performance, indicating relatively good economic growth, stable prices, and low unemployment. Taiwan also performed well in sub-factors including Fiscal Policy, Productivity and Efficiency, and Technological Infrastructure, showing that the government's low-tax, low-regulation approach has paid off and its dedication to encouraging R&D, to the export of high-tech products, and to protecting intellectual property rights has borne fruit.
Taiwan was rated the world's 11th-easiest place to do business in the World Bank 2015 Annual Report. The World Bank's "Doing Business 2016" report measures regulations affecting 10 areas of everyday business activity: starting a business, dealing with construction permits, getting electricity, registering property, getting credit, protecting investors, paying taxes, trading across borders, enforcing contracts, resolving insolvency, and employing workers.
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