This report analyses and presents the results of the first edition of the Readiness for the Future of Production Assessment, which measures how well positioned 100 countries and economies—across all geographies and stages of development—are to shape and benefit from the changing nature of production. It serves as a new benchmarking and diagnostic tool to catalyse multistakeholder dialogue, shape joint actions and inform the development of modern industrial strategies.
Given that the future is uncertain and hard to predict, the framework and methodology will continue to be updated as the future unfolds. The transformation of production systems will be studied as it unfolds, to identify the most important enablers of changes. Future changes to the framework across the Drivers of Production and Structure of Production components of the framework will use evidenced-based research to build on the consultative process. The World Economic Forum will continue to seek and gather additional data sources on the concepts that matter most for the transformation of production systems.
Public-private collaboration will be critical for ushering in new production paradigms. Countries should continually seek to use new approaches to public-private collaboration to tackle some of the biggest challenges and capture opportunities in the future. The World Economic Forum will continue to offer a global, regional and national platform to catalyse multi-stakeholder dialogue and action to transition to future production realities.
Lastly, work has commenced on a new transition framework to help governments design new strategies in collaboration with the private sector, civil society and academia. While this assessment will continue to serve as a diagnostic tool the transition framework will support treatment of the diagnosis. The transition framework will provide guidance on the overall process, lessons learned by archetype, stages of excellence across the Drivers of Production and leading practices from which to learn.