Some worrying news for our struggling economy, again we have failed to beat our neighbours. Check this out....... Despite its political tensions, Kenya is becoming a more attractive place to do business, the World Bank says in a new joint report. Tanzania and Uganda are meanwhile sliding toward the bottom of the global competitiveness scale, the same study finds. The rankings suggest that Kenya is retaining its standing as the East African country with the most favourable investment climate. The report may thus help to restore confidence in Kenya as a business destination at a time when the country is struggling to overcome a host of image problems. Kenya moved up six places to the 93rd spot in a survey of 134 countries included in the 2009 Africa Competitiveness Report. Tanzania dropped in the tables for the third consecutive year, falling during that time from 97th to 113th. Uganda has also been on a downward trajectory that has taken the country from 108th place in 2006, to 120th in 2007, and to 128th this year. Kenyas advance is being powered mainly by its capacity for innovation, quality of education, and sophistication of financial markets, according to the report. The country exhibited strength in the more complex areas normally reserved for countries at higher stages of development, the World Bank observes. In terms of innovation, Kenya is on a par with tiger economies such as those of India and Brazil, the report states. Kenyan business ability to take new approaches is attributed to high company spending on research and development and good scientific research institutions collaborating well with the business sector in research activities. Tanzania, by contrast, lags in adopting new technologies, which hinders the productivity of its businesses, the report finds. It also ranks Tanzania last in the world in secondary-school enrollment rates and fourth from the bottom in university enrollments. Other major drags on Tanzanias competitiveness are said to include the countrys poor-quality roads, ports, and electricity supply, and few telephone lines. The health of the workforce is described as another serious concern, due to high levels of diseases such as malaria, tuberculosis and HIV/Aids. The latest edition of the Africa Competitiveness Report reflects the research input of the African Development Bank and the World Economic Forum as well as the World Bank. The report was published last week in conjunction with the World Economic Forum on Africa which took place in Cape Town. Ugandas slipping standing in the global competitiveness league results in part from the very limited availability of information and communication technology such as mobile telephones and the Internet, the report says. Uganda also places second from the bottom, globally, in the health and primary education component of the ranking system.