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Sunday, 07.02.2016, 14:58
Lithuania rose two notches from last year to rank 13th out of 186 countries worldwide in the 2016 index of economic freedom released by the US-based think tank Heritage Foundation and the Wall Street Journal. Estonia is ahead of its neighbours with 9th place, informs LETA/BNS.
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Denmark once again ranked first in the corruption perceptions index with 92 points, while Finland and Sweden followed. The bottom three is made up of Somalia, North Korea and Afghanistan, in the 21st edition of the Corruption Perceptions Index published by Transparency International on Wednesday, cites LETA/BNS.
Lithuania is ranked by Forbes, an influential business magazine, as the world's 17th best country to do business in 2015, up from 22nd place in 2014, reports LETA/BNS, according to Telegraph.co.uk.
Ratings agency "Moody's Investors Service" has changed the outlook on the Baltic banking systems to stable from negative, anticipating that solid economic fundamentals will support credit growth, asset quality and profitability over the next 12 to 18 months, as Baiba Melnace from the Association of Latvian Commercial Banks told LETA.
Despite the continuing dominance of Asian MBA providers, the WU Executive Academy's Global Executive MBA has achieved an excellent overall result in this year's FT Executive MBA (EMBA) ranking, moving up 18 places to 44th. It is now the 14th-best EMBA program in the EU and the 4th-best in the German-speaking world (Germany, Austria and Switzerland). In several key categories of the ranking the Global Executive MBA has once again obtained top scores.
Standard & Poor's (S&P) ratings services has affirmed its 'A-/A-2' long and short-term foreign and local currency sovereign credit ratings on Latvia. The outlook is stable, informs LETA/BNS.
The international rating agency Fitch said on Friday that the Estonian government sector's surplus in 2014 totaled 0.7% and debt burden 10.4% of the gross domestic product, and the latter is estimated to drop to 9.2% by 2017, reports LETA/BNS.