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What Do We Know About Namibia's Competitiveness

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  • Ken Miyajima

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This paper evaluates Namibia''s competitiveness using several traditional indicators; it concludes that, while the real effective exchange rate (REER) is in equilibrium at present?suggesting no imminent need for concern?the country may wish to improve its competitiveness by increasing educational attainment, reducing the skills mismatch, and diversifying its exports. Moreover, although Namibia scores relatively well on survey-based major indicators of structural competitiveness, the business environment can be made more conducive to private sector activity.

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Paper provided by International Monetary Fund in its series IMF Working Papers with number 07/191.

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Length: 30
Date of creation: 01 Jul 2007
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Handle: RePEc:imf:imfwpa:07/191

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Keywords: Governance; Export competitiveness; Economic models; exchange rate; reer; export performance; real effective exchange rate; real exchange rate; effective exchange rate; exchange rates; exchange rate appreciation; equilibrium exchange rate; global competitiveness; real exchange rate appreciation; nominal exchange rate; exchange rate depreciation; mineral exports; world exports; exporters; current account balance; export base; share of world exports; nontraditional exports; real effective exchange rates; international markets; export diversification; real exchange rate depreciation; market exchange rate; oil exporters; effective exchange rates; real exchange rate behavior; nominal effective exchange rate; foreign exchange; share of exports; export share; export deflator; exchange rate behavior; total exports; exchange rate adjustments; exchange rate index; export of goods; current accounts; exchange rate indices; exchange rate devaluation; real exchange rates;

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  1. AfDB AfDB, . "Africa Competitiveness Report 2009," Africa Competitiveness Report, African Development Bank, African Development Bank, number 11 edited by Adeleke Oluwole Salami, 9.

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