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Indonesia, Vietnam leap up global competitiveness list

World Economic Forum spots improvements in health, education, tech

Students brush their teeth at a dental health event organized by the government in Denpasar, Indonesia, in July.   © Antara Foto/Reuters

GENEVA -- The World Economic Forum's latest global competitiveness list presents a mixed picture for Asia, with big gains by Indonesia and Vietnam and demotions for the likes of Japan and India.

The Global Competitiveness Report 2017-2018, released on Wednesday, ranks Indonesia 36th overall, up from 41st last year. The Southeast Asian country improved in 10 of 12 "pillar" categories, including health, primary education and infrastructure. And though it did not move up in the innovation category, the report praises the country as "one of the top innovators among the emerging economies," ranking it 12th in government procurement of advanced technology products.

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