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  • 04 May 2012  Higher productivity is a prerequisite for a return to growth and employment creation

    In a time of austerity and reduced demand, productivity offers significant potential to enhance competitiveness and living standards. Ireland's Productivity Performance 1980-2011 maps Ireland's productivity performance over the last three decades relative to the UK, the US, and the EU. The report analyses Ireland's performance at national and sectoral level.

  • 23 Jul 2011  Structural reform is needed to deliver enduring cost competitiveness – NCC

    Costs of Doing Business in Ireland 2011 evaluates Ireland's relative cost competitiveness, identifies barriers to competitiveness and sets out actions needed to improve and sustain Ireland's competitiveness. The 2011 report finds that while there have been significant improvements in cost competitiveness over the last two years, further progress is required.

  • 03 Oct 2010  National Competitiveness Council publishes New Competitiveness Challenge

    "Repositioning Ireland as an internationally competitive location for doing business is essential to support sustainable economic growth and drive job creation" said National Competitiveness Council chairman Dr Don Thornhill, on the publication of the NCC's Annual Competitiveness Report.

  • 22 Jul 2010  Costs of Doing Business in Ireland 2010 Volume 1

    The Costs of Doing Business in Ireland 2010 analyses our relative cost competitiveness performance across four key business inputs – labour, property, utilities (e.g. energy, water, waste, telecoms) and business services (e.g. accountancy and legal services). It also looks at the broader cost environment that indirectly affects the cost of doing business here.

  • 03 Apr 2010  Request for Indicators: Annual Competitiveness Report, Benchmarking Ireland's Performance 2010

    The National Competitiveness Council reports on key competitiveness issues facing the Irish economy together with recommendations on policy actions required to enhance Ireland's competitive position. One of the NCC's annual publications is Benchmarking Ireland’s Performance. In 2009, this analysis of Ireland’s competitiveness performance used approximately 140 indicators to see how Ireland compares internationally on, for instance, living standards, export performance, prices and costs, productivity, innovation and infrastructure. In March and April 2010, in preparation for the 2010 report, the NCC sought suggestions for additional/alternative internationally comparable indicators that could further our understanding of Ireland's relative competitiveness. The opportunity to make suggestions for additional indicators closed in April 2010.

  • 29 Jan 2010  Primary Education: A Human Right or a Privilege?

    Don Thornhill, Chair of the National Competitiveness Council, addressed the annual conference of the Irish Primary Principals Network in City West hotel on the theme 'Primary Education: A Human Right or a Privilege?'

  • 07 Dec 2009  NCC highlights critical competitiveness issues for exporting sectors

    Future economic growth and job creation will not be driven by the construction and retail sectors as in the past. Generating export-led growth is the only sustainable strategy to secure long term growth and prosperity. It is therefore critical that we understand the specific needs of our exporting sectors and enable them to compete successfully in international markets.

  • 07 Dec 2009  Presentation: Driving Export Growth

    The launch of the National Competitiveness Council’s report, Driving Export Growth, took place on Monday, 7th December in Wilton Park House. Representatives from Ireland’s leading exporting sectors participated in a forum discussion regarding the policy actions required to ensure Ireland’s economy achieves sustainable export-led growth.

  • 06 Oct 2009  Reducing Energy Costs is Essential for Competitiveness - NCC

    A reliable and competitively priced supply of energy is vital to enable Irish exporters compete successfully in global markets. While recent reductions in gas and electricity prices are welcome, further, immediate action is required to improve Ireland’s ranking relative to other countries with whom we compete, according to the National Competitiveness Council on the publication of its Statement on Energy today.

  • 25 Jun 2009  Immediate Action Needed to Restore Competitiveness

    While good progress is being made, including restoring the sustainability of the public finances and the stability of the banking sector, the National Competitiveness Council has identified further immediate actions needed to drive cost competitiveness, sustain employment and enhance training and education opportunities.

  • 21 Apr 2009  Prioritising Our Cities is Critical for Sustainable Economic Growth

    The National Competitiveness Council (NCC) today called for the prioritisation of investment in Dublin and our other main cities to enhance and ensure Ireland’s long term competitiveness. Launching the report Our Cities: Drivers of National Competitiveness, the Council highlighted the increasingly crucial role that cities play in enhancing competitiveness in modern knowledge-based economies. It is vital that Irish cities are enabled to achieve their full potential and thereby enhance national competitiveness.

  • 21 Apr 2009  Our Cities: Drivers of National Competitiveness

    The National Competitiveness Council (NCC) called for the prioritisation of investment in Dublin and our other main cities to enhance and ensure Ireland’s long term competitiveness. Launching the report Our Cities: Drivers of National Competitiveness, the Council highlighted the increasingly crucial role that cities play in enhancing competitiveness in modern knowledge-based economies.

  • 09 Mar 2009  Presentation on NCC Statement on Education and Training

    The launch of the National Competitiveness Council’s Statement on Education and Training took place on Monday, 9th March in Fitzwilliam Hall. The event brought together circa sixty policymakers, educators and industry representatives. Barry O’Leary, Chief Executive of IDA Ireland opened the event by outlining the importance of Ireland’s education and training system to economic development and to the enterprise sector. Don Thornhill, Chair of the NCC, presented the recommendations of the NCC Statement on Education and Training with a view to strengthening and reforming aspects of the education and training system in Ireland as part of the broader effort to reignite economic growth.

  • 28 Oct 2008  Ireland’s Competitiveness Challenge

    This high level summit, held at the Royal Hospital Kilmainham, Dublin, brought together Ireland’s most influential policy-makers, business people and members of academia to discuss the competitiveness challenges which currently face the Irish economy. The emphasis of the event was to encourage the diverse selection of delegates to consider, debate and develop possible policy responses to these challenges.

  • 09 Jan 2008  'Re-conceptualising Ireland’s Competitiveness' - NCC Conference

    The NCC Conference 'Re-conceptualising Ireland’s Competitiveness' was held on 9 January 2008 at Farmleigh House, Phoenix Park, Dublin. The conference provided participants with the opportunity to consider the changing nature of the Irish economy, the key external political and economic influences and uncertainties and the changing dynamics of the enterprise sector in Ireland. It also looked at emerging opportunities and challenges and helped identify the key success factors for sustaining Ireland’s competitiveness and for achieving future growth.

  • 29 Nov 2007  Council Highlights Areas Vital to Enhancing Ireland‘s Competitiveness

    We need to stimulate vigorous productivity growth, develop greater innovation across the economy and restore cost competitiveness in major markets. These are the key requirements for maintaining and promoting Ireland’s competitiveness according to the National Competitiveness Council (NCC).
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