Chile is not only Latin America’s best evaluated economy but also one of the best evaluated emerging economies internationally. Its hallmark stability, transparency and competitiveness and excellent business prospects position the country as the best destination for foreign investment in Latin America and one of the world’s leading destinations. In its World Investment Report 2015, UNCTAD ranked Chile as the world´s 11th largest recipient of foreign direct investment in 2014. With an inflow of US$23,000 million in 2014, Chile took second place in Latin America after Brazil and ahead of Mexico.
Chile is a safe place in which to do business as borne out by risk ratings agencies which have increased or maintained their high ratings for the country, highlighting its low level of public debt, the health of its financial system and its solid institutions.
Chile has a consolidated position as Latin America’s most competitive economy. This is mainly due to its sustained economic growth and openness to trade which have set it apart internationally as a free and dynamic market. Its performance is reflected in the rankings of institutions that annually measure competitiveness around the world.
In the 2014-2015 Global Competitiveness Index published by the World Economic Forum, Chile took 33rd place out of 144 economies, ahead of all other Latin American countries.
Thanks to its political and economic stability, openness to trade, legal security and excellent growth prospects, Chile has maintained an attractive and dynamic business climate for investors. According to the Economist Intelligence Unit ’s Business Environment Ranking 2014-2018, Chile took 13th place out of 82 economies.
Chile is known for its transparency and this is reflected in international rankings that highlight the low level of corruption in the country and, particularly, its finances, due to government efforts to raise standards in administration of the state.
In Transparency International’s 2014 Corruption Perceptions Index, Chile obtained a score of 73 points, ranking among the 21 best-placed economies out of the 175 countries included in the Index
Chile’s open economy, combined with an active policy of bilateral, regional and multilateral trade agreements, has underpinned a sustained increase in foreign trade in goods and services and in the country’s international competitiveness, consolidating its position as an active international partner. Chile has signed trade agreements with more than 60 countries, expanding its domestic market of 16.6 million inhabitants to one of over 4,302 million potential consumers around the world (representing 85.7% of global GDP and 63% of the world’s population).
Free Trade Agreements: Australia, Canada, Central America, China, Colombia, EFTA (Norway, Switzerland, Iceland and Liechtenstein), Malaysia, Mexico, Panama, Peru, South Korea, Vietnam, Hong Kong, Thailand, Turkey and the United States.
Economic Association Agreements: European Union (EU), Japan and P4 (New Zealand, Singapore and Brunei Darussalam as well as Chile).
Economic Complementation Agreements: Bolivia, Ecuador, MERCOSUR (Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay y Uruguay) and Venezuela.
Partial Scope Agreements: India and Cuba.
Chile is a country that, from primary schools through to businesses and public services, is ready to adopt new technologies. Numerous studies, in fact, identify Chile as a “wired” country that has already achieved important progress as regards digital connectivity and information and communications technologies (ICTs).
In the Networked Readiness Index 2014, published by the World Economic Forum(WEF), Chile took 35th place out of 148 economies and, ranked ahead of all other Latin American countries. This Index assesses a country’s degree of preparation to benefit from the development of ICTs as reflected in its regulatory and economic climate, the level of use of these technologies and their socioeconomic impact.
Foreign investors often highlight human capital as one of Chile’s main comparative advantages, drawing attention to the high standards achieved by the country’s universities and, particularly, its business schools.
Chile stands out not only for its high-standard professionals but also as the home of two of the universities that, according to the latest Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU), are among the top ten in Latin America. In addition, it took 26th place out of 60 economies in the Global Talent Index 2015 of the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU).
With a geography that contains a privileged variety of landscapes, Chile offers visitors from overseas a perfect mixture of natural beauty, public safety, political stability and modern infrastructure. These characteristics together make it one of the best places in which to live in Latin America.
The capital Santiago is one of Latin America’s most liveable cities, according to the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU), and the country is also well evaluated in studies such as the Global Peace Index where, in 2014, it ranked 30th out of 162 countries.
According to the UBS investment bank, Santiago is one of the world’s 15 least expensive cities for the installation of foreign companies. In its 2012 Price and Earnings Report, the Chilean capital obtained 52.8 points, taking 60th position out of 72 cities in the ranking where first place indicates the most expensive city (Oslo) and New York is the basis of comparison (100 points). The report considers the cost of a basket of 122 goods and services according to European consumption habits and including three rent categories.