Romania ranks 49th among countries that can best adapt with change

Brasov, Romania | Dennis Jarvis

Romania is one of the countries that made the biggest progress in their ability to respond and adapt to significant changes, said a report published lately in July.

According to the “Change Readiness Index 2017” report, the country rose 32 positions in 2017, in comparison with the 2015 edition.

Romania ranked 49th, with a score of 0.542 points, up from 0.480 points in 2015. It was outdone by countries like the Czech Republic (25th place), Poland (28th) or Slovakia (30th). However, it managed to surpass countries like Bulgaria (50th), Serbia (51th) or the Republic of Moldova (60th).

The ranking is topped by Switzerland, with 0.820 points. The study measures the capacity of 136 countries to respond to short-term shocks and long-term trends such as natural disasters, economic crises and climate change. Sweden, the Netherlands and Germany are among the wealthiest countries best prepared to deal with shocks such as large-scale migration due to their solid social security system, educational programs and economic opportunities. The last places in this ranking are Syria and Somalia.

The 2017 Change Readiness Index (CRI) indicates the capability and readiness of a country – its government, private and public enterprises, people and wider civil society – to anticipate, prepare for, manage, and respond to a wide range of change drivers, proactively cultivating the resulting opportunities and mitigating potential negative impacts. Shocks such as financial and social instability and natural disasters, political and economic opportunities and risks such as technology, competition, and changes in government are some examples of changes.

In 2015, Romania had ranked 79th in the global index. Romania belongs to the Eastern Europe and Central Asia group of countries, where it ranks 14th out 16 countries, while the Czech Republic, Hungary and Slovakia hold the first three positions.