Oman achieves good progress in UN Hu­man De­vel­op­ment In­dex

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Oman has been ranked high in the Hu­man De­vel­op­ment In­dex (HDI) 2019 is­sued by the United Na­tions De­vel­op­ment Pro­gramme (UNDP).

Oman climbed one notch over its po­si­tion last year to be ranked 47th out of 189 coun­tries and fifth among the Arab and Gulf coun­tries, main­tain­ing its po­si­tion as a coun­try with very high hu­man de­vel­op­ment progress.

The Na­tional Cen­tre for Statis­tics and In­for­ma­tion (NCSI) has said that Oman gained a score of 0.834 in the HDI, val­ued be­tween ‘0 and 1’, with an im­prove­ment in all the main in­di­ca­tors that com­prise the in­dex.

The HDI is con­sid­ered as a brief mea­sure­ment for the av­er­age hu­man de­vel­op­ment achieved in a coun­try. The mea­sure­ment process is based on three di­men­sions of hu­man de­vel­op­ment, which in­clude long and healthy life fac­tor, knowl­edge ac­qui­si­tion, and the ad­e­quate stan­dard of liv­ing.

As for the av­er­age years of school­ing, Oman achieved a re­mark­able HDI value of 9.7 com­pared to 9.5 in the re­port of 2018.

In the re­port of 2019, Oman has climbed to the sec­ond po­si­tion in the Gulf in the av­er­age of the years of study, along with Saudi Ara­bia and Qatar.

Oman also achieved a no­tice­able in­crease in the num­ber of the ex­pected study years to a score of 14.7 com­pared to 13.9 in the re­port of 2018, while it has been con­sid­ered the most im­proved Gulf coun­try in the same in­dex for 2019.

With re­gard to the ex­tent of ob­tain­ing the nec­es­sary re­sources to achieve an ad­e­quate stan­dard of liv­ing, the av­er­age per capita in the GDP of Oman has reached US$37,039, while the life ex­pectancy at birth touched 77.6 years.

This achieve­ment comes in the con­text of the up­ward trend of Oman since its in­clu­sion in HDI in 2000, when the coun­try gained 0.704 notches. Since that time, the in­dex con­tin­ues to rise in favour of Oman, with the coun­try achiev­ing 0.793 points in 2010 ris­ing to 0.834 in 2019.

(Muscat Daily)

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