Archive for competitiveness

The neoliberal consensus strikes again

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 16 March 2011 by Steve

“In yesterday’s Irish Times there was a review of a report by 17 leading business and public figures. The report, entitled ‘Blueprint for Ireland’s recovery’, claims that Ireland must become the most competitive euro zone country by 2016 … One of the report’s proposals is to rationalise the third level sector so as to ensure that Ireland has a single university of world standing …” (more)

[University in Crisis, 16 March]

State needs ‘radical’ boost at third-level to compete

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 15 January 2010 by Steve

“The National Competitiveness Council (NCC) has called for a ‘radical’ increase in third-level places, the immediate implementation of a property tax and more action to support the growth of exports. In its annual assessment of the economy, the NCC, which advises the Government on economic competitiveness, said a greater focus on education and exports was urgently required …” (more)

[Laura Slattery, Irish Times, 15 January]

A prescription for exporting our way to sustainable growth

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 15 January 2010 by Steve

“… The policy prescriptions are familiar: reduce energy, waste and professional services charges; enhance the skills of the employed and the unemployed; drive competition in non-traded sectors; foster innovation and RD programmes; develop world-class broadband; and correct the public finances and channel credit to viable businesses. The new element here is the focus on reskilling and training …” (more)

[Pat McArdle, Irish Times, 15 January]

‘Ireland’s Competitiveness Challenge’

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 14 January 2010 by Steve

“The NCC publishes a two-volume Annual Competitiveness Report annually. Volume Two, Ireland’s Competitiveness Challenge – Creating a Better Future focuses on the national competitiveness issues of most importance to enable our main existing and emerging exporting sectors to compete successfully and identifies the policy recommendations required to address them …” (more)

[National Competitiveness Council, 14 January]

Are we competitive?

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 7 May 2009 by Steve

Ireland“Tomorrow morning I shall be attending a meeting of Ireland’s National Competitiveness Council, of which I am a member. This is a government appointed body with a membership that is drawn from industry, trade unions, economics and other experts – as well as some senior civil servants in attendance. The Council advises the government on issues related to Ireland’s competitiveness. Perhaps I can underscore its significance by pointing out that it was pointing to a serious potential problem with Ireland’s economy long before anyone else was: by 2006 it was noting that we had ceased to base our economic growth on exports and were relying instead on domestic consumption and construction, and that this was unsustainable …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 7 May]