Improving competitiveness: a discussion paper on the Commission’s objectives

This paper is the first in a series of discussion papers reviewing the National Infrastructure Commission’s objectives. It focuses on the objective to ‘improve competitiveness’ and sets out the options for interpreting competitiveness, the evidence supporting each interpretation and its relevance to infrastructure, and how the Commission could measure how its recommendations contribute towards its objectives.

The paper identifies three ways in which infrastructure can contribute to competitiveness:

  • Improving access to markets: how infrastructure makes it easier and cheaper to trade by improving connectivity within the UK and with other countries
  • Improving access to mobile labour and capital
  • Supporting and being a source of globally significant clusters and assets.


Author: National Infrastructure Commission

Date: April 2020 Date of publication

This item updates DCP section 26.43


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