PH 6th in SEA in qual­ity of na­tion­al­ity in­dex

Manila Bulletin - - Business News - By EMMIE V. ABADILLA

The Philip­pines ranked 6th within South­east Asia (SEA) and 120th glob­ally in terms of "qual­ity of na­tion­al­ity" among 95 coun­tries af­ter im­prov­ing its hu­man de­vel­op­ment and di­ver­sity of travel free­dom, ac­cord­ing to the lat­est re­port of Hen­ley & Part­ners – Kochenov Qual­ity of Na­tion­al­ity In­dex (QNI).

The in­ter­na­tional res­i­dence and cit­i­zen­ship plan­ning firm says the Philip­pines in­creased its QNI stand­ing by 1.3% be­tween 2012 -2016, achiev­ing a score of 25.8% out of 100%. Com­pared with the Asia Pa­cific av­er­age of 32.99% and the global av­er­age of 39.32%, this puts the Filipino na­tion­al­ity in the Medi­umQual­ity cat­e­gory, be­hind Thai­land and In­done­sia, ranked 4th and 5th in the re­gion.

World­wide, Ger­many ranked first with a score of 82.7% while Afghanistan took the bot­tom po­si­tion, with a score of 14.6%. Ja­pan was the high­est rank­ing Asian coun­try on the In­dex at 31st place, with a score of 56.7%.

In terms of global travel free­dom, Philip­pines ranked 103rd and scored 32.8% out of a pos­si­ble 100%.

“To achieve a high score, na­tion­al­i­ties in South­east Asia need to ex­cel across all ar­eas that con­trib­ute to the qual­ity of liv­ing," ex­plained Dominic Volek, Head South­east Asia at Hen­ley & Part­ners Sin­ga­pore.

France and Den­mark shared sec­ond place on the in­dex with a score of 82.4% while Ice­land ranked third over­all at 81.3%. The UK also ranked in the Ex­tremely High-Qual­ity cat­e­gory, in 12th po­si­tion with a score of 79.2%. The US ranked 29th on the QNI with a score of 68.8%.

The QNI makes it pos­si­ble to com­pare the rel­a­tive worth of na­tion­al­i­ties, as op­posed to sim­ply coun­tries, says con­sti­tu­tional law Pro­fes­sor Dim­itry Kochenov, "Na­tion­al­ity plays a sig­nif­i­cant part in de­ter­min­ing our op­por­tu­ni­ties and as­pi­ra­tions. The QNI al­lows us to an­a­lyze this ob­jec­tively.”

The QNI is not a per­cep­tion in­dex, he stressed. It uses quan­tifi­able data to de­ter­mine the op­por­tu­ni­ties and lim­i­ta­tions that na­tion­al­i­ties im­pose on in­di­vid­u­als, mea­sur­ing both the na­tion­al­ity's in­ter­nal value – the qual­ity of life and op­por­tu­ni­ties within one's coun­try of ori­gin – and its ex­ter­nal value, iden­ti­fy­ing the op­por­tu­ni­ties that it al­lows the in­di­vid­ual to pur­sue out­side his coun­try of ori­gin.

Among all 140 na­tion­al­i­ties that have gained value be­tween 2015 and 2016, Ti­mor-Leste is the big­gest riser in Asia with a 7.3% value in­crease. It was ranked in the 95th place in 2016. This is mainly driven by a sig­nif­i­cant rise in its Travel Free­dom af­ter the Schen­gen visa lib­er­al­iza­tion.

Other top ris­ers in terms of value in­crease in the re­gion in­clude Bangladesh which posted a 4% value in­crease, and was ranked on the 129th place in 2016. Kyr­gyzs­tan was ranked 110th on the In­dex in 2016, with a value in­crease of 3.7%. Bhutan took the 111th place with an in­crease of 2.8%.

Malaysia also gained an in­creased value of 2.2% and now ranked 45th Thai­land gained 1.9% in value and was now at 97th place. In­done­sia posted a1.4% value in­crease and is now at the 105th place.

Over the last five years, 158 na­tion­al­i­ties gained value. In Asia, the top three ris­ers are Ti­mor-Leste, in­creas­ing 8.3%; China, by 6.1% and Bhutan, by 5.2% while 3 na­tion­al­i­ties de­creased in value – Ja­pan de­clined by 0.8%; Brunei, by 4% and Nepal, 0.1%.

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