Ulaanbaatar city competitiveness index rises 7 percent www.zgm.mn
The Economic Policy and Competitiveness Research Center (EPCRC) disclosed the results of research on district competitiveness, which was conducted for two years since 2017.
In this survey, the overall competitiveness index of Ulaanbaatar city was valued at 0.557 points. KhanUul, Bayangol, and Bayanzurkh districts are leading the Competitiveness ranks, while the isolated districts, including Baganuur, Bagakhangai, and Nalaikh stands at the bottom. The purpose of this study is to measure and evaluate the competitiveness of Ulaanbaatar city and its nine districts, and to create a comprehensive database that provides citizen participation. The competitiveness of districts is measured by 150 criteria in five categories, namely quality of life, environment, safety, governance, and economy.
The competitiveness index is rated from 0 to 1. For example, Ulaanbaatar's competitiveness rate is about 0.5 points, which is relatively competitive or moderate.
Ulaanbaatar's overall competitiveness increased by seven percent compared to last year. Experts emphasize that our country's key driver in retreating competitiveness is governance issues. "The Governance remains unstable. Not only the authorities but also the structure is unstable. In the past three decades, structural organizations of all ministries have changed 2-6 times. Mongolia is facing a crisis of instability. Names, addresses, policies, and personnel are all sensitive. It is not hard to fix it. Although people have changed, the policy should remain the same,” remarked the head of the executive board of the EPCRC.
The survey concludes a difficult economic situation in remote districts. Therefore, it is important for local citizens to have access to public services. This survey can be used by district and city governors. Experts emphasized that the study will be the basis for district planning. Deputy Governor of the Capital City said that the division will be divided into two sub-districts to build a new committee to bring public services closer to citizens.