2020 Global Talent Competitiveness Index

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      Northern America

      2

      Countries

      Both Northern American economies — the United States (2nd) and Canada (13th) — feature in the top 15 high performers of this year’s GTCI. As can be seen in the table, the United States tops its neighbouring country in every pillar apart from Attract. It is also the more consistent performer of the two, ranking inside the top 15 in all pillars.

      Europe

      37

      Countries

      This is another of the most heterogeneous regions in the GTCI, with 28 high-income countries, 8 upper-middle-income countries, and 2 lower-middle-income countries. Hence, the varied performances seen in Europe — from the top position of Switzerland to the 101st rank of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

      Sub-Saharan Africa

      24

      Countries

      This region has the weakest average performance in the GTCI 2020. In fact, no fewer than 20 of the Sub-Saharan African countries are found at the bottom quartile of the index. This is not a surprising result given that 13 of the countries in the region belong to the low-income group, while the rest of Sub-Saharan Africa is represented by 12 lower-middle-income countries and 4 upper-middle-income ones.

      Latin, Central America and the Caribbean

      18

      Countries

      This region consists primarily of upper-middle-income countries: 12 in total. The eight remaining countries are equally divided in the low- and high-income groups. None of the countries in the region makes it into the top quartile at the global level.

      Central and Southern Asia

      10

      Countries

      Five countries in this region are classified as belonging to the lower-middle-income group, whereas three are upper-middle-income and two are low-income countries.

      Eastern, Southeastern Asia and Oceania

      15

      Countries

      This region is one of the most heterogeneous in the GTCI 2020 — ranging from Singapore ranked 3rd to Cambodia ranked 117th. It includes six high-income countries, three upper-middle-income countries, and six lower-middle-income countries.

      Northern Africa and Western Asia

      19

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      This is the only region that includes countries from all income groups: eight high-income economies, six upper-middle-income economies, three lower-middle-income economies, and one low-income economy. The top three regional countries— Israel (20th), the United Arab Emirates (22nd), and Qatar (29th)—are all part of the top quartile in the global rankings.

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