Photo: G. Cazado - Cambra de ComerÁ de Barcelona

Photo: G. Cazado - Cambra de ComerÁ de Barcelona

Last modified: 21/05/2013

Barcelona, among the top 15 in the world for foreign investment, global competitiveness and scientific production

Presentation of the Observatory 2013, a work published by the City Council and the Chamber of Commerce which compares the Catalan capital with the main cities of the world based on a set of economic and social indicators. For the first time it includes a monograph dedicated to the 'mobile' sector.

Barcelona is the 10th city in the world for scientific production, the 12th for the number of foreign investment projects and 13th for global competitiveness. These are some of the conclusions collated in the Barcelona Observatory, a work undertaken by the City Council and the Barcelona Chamber of Commerce, which annually compares the Catalan capital with the main international cities against 30 indicators centred on six themed areas. 

One of the innovations in this study is the incorporation of a monograph on the ecosystem of mobile telephony which analyses its recent development in the world and its current economic spread, and the opportunities and the main challenges associated with the Barcelona Mobile World Capital Capital project. 

According to this edition of the Barcelona Observatory, the city improved its position by three places with respect to 2011 as one of the leading cities in the world in terms of international investment projects, and is placed in 12th position in the world ranking after attracting 102 foreign investment projects (KPMG's Global Cities Investment Monitor Report). In addition, the Mori Global Power City Index indicator, which compares 40 large cities of the world, puts the city in 13th place worldwide, and 7th in Europe, for its global competitiveness. 

Barcelona also continues to be among the leading European cities in which to do business. For one, it is the sixth most preferred city for European executives to site their businesses in and fifth in the world ranking for holding most international meetings. In addition, according to the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM), in 2011 the rate of entrepreneurial activity (TEA) among the population of Barcelona province was at 7%, ahead of France, Finland and Switzerland. 

In the field of the knowledge economy, the city, with 14,777 scientific publications, is placed fourth in Europe and tenth in the world according to the report published by the Centre of Land Policy and Valuations at the UPC

With regard to business training, Barcelona continues to be the only city with two teaching institutions (IESE and ESADE) among the top 10 business schools in Europe, which constitutes a major asset in attracting talent. In particular, IESE and ESADE are placed 3rd and 8th respectively in the European ranking of the best 100 full-time MBA programmes according to a 2013 study by the Financial Times

Finally, the Catalan capital sits in fifth place for quality of life among the 69 cities worldwide analysed by the State of World's Cities 2012-2013 report published by UN-Habitat. The Catalan capital has also been the best European city for quality of life for 14 years in the opinion of European executives surveyed for the European Cities Monitor de Cushman & Wakefield

SÚnia Recasens, Deputy Mayor for the Economy, Business and Employment, valued "the global positioning achieved by Barcelona in various decisive fields for the economic growth of the city and for its international standing" very highly. According to Deputy Mayor Recasens, "Barcelona wants to be playing in the league of competitive cities with clear indicators of economic solvency and a very clear road map: Barcelona Growth and its 30 measures for economic regeneration."

Barcelona Observatory 2013

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