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Organizations That Address Industry and Trade Competitiveness

As international trade's share of our national economy has grown, the impact of both regulatory and trade policy on American business has increased. With industries becoming more dependent on the conditions in the global marketplace, competition has changed from being a business concern to a national concern. As a result, there is widespread interest in the capacity of our businesses, our industries, and our nation to retain and broaden market share when faced with the competition and the opportunities of international trade.

Around the world, national governments and nonprofit organizations have recognized the importance of promoting policies and behavior that make their nation or their region more competitive in a global economy. To some extent advancing the competitive prowess of one nation's economy sharpens its edge over the competition. To a greater extent, striving to be the best increases the productivity and ultimately the living standards of all who compete.

The list below links to sites of organizations whose intent is to foster a spirit of competitiveness in their industries, their nations, or throughout the world.


Nonprofit Organizations
Council on Competitiveness
World Economic Forum
International Institute for Management Development
Doing Business
The Competitiveness Institute
Compete America

Academic Institutions
National Competitiveness Network (Cambridge-MIT Institute)
Center for Regional Economic Competitiveness (George Mason University)
Institute for Strategy and Competitiveness (Harvard Business School)
American Society for Competitiveness (Indiana University of Pennsylvania)
Beacon Hill Institute (Suffolk University)
Center for Industrial Competitiveness (University of Massachusetts–Lowell)

Federal Government Institutions and Initiatives

Academic Competitiveness Council (U.S. Department of Education)
African Global Competitiveness Initiative (USAID)
Southern Africa Global Competitiveness Hub (USAID)

State Government Initiatives
New Carolina (South Carolina)

Foreign Government Agencies and Non-Government Organizations
National Competition Council (Australia)
Institute for Competitiveness and Prosperity (Canada)
National Competitiveness Council (Croatia)
National Competitiveness Council (Ireland)
Jordan National Competitiveness Team (Jordan)
National Competitiveness Committee (Thailand)
Centre for Competitiveness (United Kingdom)

Links to Web sites outside the U.S. federal government or the use of trade, firm, or corporation names within the International Trade Administration Web sites are for the convenience of the user. Such use does not constitute an official endorsement or approval by the U.S. Commerce Department of any private sector Web site, product, or service.

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