Israel has cultivated its own "natural resource": a talented and highly motivated workforce. As a result, this small but energetic country ranks as one of the exciting and fast growing economies.
Considering that Israel only recently celebrated its 60th anniversary since Independence, below are seven remarkable facts that help explain the strong investor interest in the Israeli market.
More NASDAQ companies than any other country after the USA. Israel is represented by an impressive number of companies listed on NASDAQ, second only to the USA, as well as more than 70 companies listed on various European exchanges.
Number One globally in R&D investment. Israel demonstrates the highest ratio of any country in the world for R&D investment – 4.5% of its GDP.*
One of the most educated workforces in the world. Israel is ranked 2nd in the world for the availability of qualified scientists and engineers.*
Ideal environment for innovation. Israel is ranked 3rd in the world for quality of scientific research institutions**, 20th in the world for competitive advantage,* and 5th in the world for the number of utility patents and government procurement of advanced technology products.**
Strong managerial and entrepreneurship trends. Israeli managers are ranked 2nd highest in the world for business entrepreneurship.*
Independent satellite launch capabilities. In 1988, Israel became the 8th country in the world to acquire the independent capability to place satellites into orbit (including production of the launch systems).
Warren Buffett's first foreign acquisition was in Israel. In 2006, Warren Buffett's “Berkshire Hathaway” made its first (and only) private acquisition outside the USA, when it purchased 80% of the private Israeli company
“Iscar” Ltd for USD $4 billion.
* IMD World Competitiveness Yearbook, 2008.
** World Economic Forum's Global Competitive Index Report 2008-2009
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