Global Com­pet­i­tive­ness Re­port ranks Qatar 29th

Gulf Times - - FRONT PAGE - By Ghanim al-Su­laiti „ The au­thor is an ex­pert in ve­gan well­be­ing and health. In­sta­gram han­dle: @Ghanim92

Qatar was ranked 29th glob­ally and sec­ond in the Arab world, ac­cord­ing to the Global Com­pet­i­tive­ness Re­port 2019, pub­lished an­nu­ally by the World Eco­nomic Fo­rum (WEF), in col­lab­o­ra­tion with the Qatari Busi­ness­men As­so­ci­a­tion (QBA) and Qatar Univer­sity’s So­cial and Eco­nomic Sur­vey Re­search In­sti­tute (Sesri).

The re­port in­di­cated that Qatar ranked 29th world­wide and sec­ond in the Arab world out of the 141 coun­tries as­sessed this year, up one rank from last year’s 30th place, re­flect­ing Qatar’s con­tin­ued global com­pet­i­tive­ness.

Qatar has pre­ceded sev­eral coun­tries in the re­gion, in­clud­ing Saudi Ara­bia, which ranked 36th place, Bahrain (45th), Italy, Turkey, Rus­sia, In­dia, Poland, and Ar­gentina, most of which be­long to the G20 group as the world’s largest econ­omy.

Oman wit­nessed a de­cline of six ranks to place 53rd, while Kuwait showed “re­mark­able progress” of eight ranks to reach 46th, as well as Egypt placed 93rd this year, up one notch from 2018.

Qatar is also lead­ing in many in­di­ca­tors, ac­cord­ing to a state­ment from the QBA. The re­port’s 12 main pil­lars that as­sess the sta­tus of the econ­omy are di­vided be­tween in­sti­tu­tions, in­fra­struc­ture, ICT adop­tion, macroe­co­nomic sta­bil­ity, health, skills, prod­uct mar­ket, labour mar­ket, fi­nan­cial sys­tem, mar­ket size, busi­ness dy­namism, and in­no­va­tive ca­pa­bil­ity.

In ar­eas where Qatar achieved in­ter­na­tional top ranks, the coun­try was placed first in the Arab world and among the top 10 coun­tries glob­ally in many in­di­ca­tors.

For ex­am­ple, in the In­sti­tu­tional Pil­lar, Qatar moved two ranks up from last year to reach the sev­enth glob­ally in the ‘Ef­fi­ciency of the Le­gal Frame­work in Chal­leng­ing Reg­u­la­tions’ in­di­ca­tor and ranked sixth in the ‘Gov­ern­ment’s Re­spon­sive­ness to Change’, and also ranked eighth in the ‘Gov­ern­ment Long Term Vi­sion’.

As for the ICT Adop­tion Pil­lar, Qatar re­mains among the top 10 economies glob­ally, rank­ing eighth. Qatar is also the first glob­ally in the ‘In­ter­net User’ in­di­ca­tor. In the ‘Skills Pil­lar’, Qatar ranked eighth glob­ally in the ‘Skillset of Grad­u­ates’ in­di­ca­tor and third in the ‘Ease of Find­ing Skilled Em­ploy­ees’ in­di­ca­tor, and sixth in the ‘Skills of Fu­ture Work­force’. In the ‘Fi­nan­cial Sys­tem Pil­lar’, Qatar ranked fourth glob­ally in the ‘Fi­nanc­ing of SMEs’ in­di­ca­tor and fifth in the ‘Ven­ture Cap­i­tal Avail­abil­ity’.

In ad­di­tion to 23 in­di­ca­tors,

As for the ICT Adop­tion Pil­lar, Qatar re­mains among the top 10 economies glob­ally, rank­ing eighth

Qatar ranked 10th and 20th glob­ally in terms of prop­erty rights, public sec­tor per­for­mance, qual­ity of in­fra­struc­ture in trans­port in terms of road con­nec­tiv­ity, qual­ity of roads, ef­fi­ciency of air trans­port ser­vices, and ef­fi­ciency of sea­port ser­vices, as well as in the ICT ser­vices, skills of cur­rent work­force, qual­ity of vo­ca­tional train­ing, do­mes­tic com­pe­ti­tion, en­tre­pre­neur­ial cul­ture, and growth of in­no­va­tive com­pa­nies.

As ‘The Year of the Ve­gan 2019’con­tin­ues, four coun­tries have taken a huge step for the in­dus­try by unit­ing to form an al­liance, known as the ‘Ve­gan World Al­liance (VWA)’. The al­liance aims to pro­mote ve­gan val­ues on a global scale. The VWA con­sists of four ac­tivist groups from The Nether­lands, New Zealand, Canada, and Aus­tralia. The al­liance en­vi­sions a world in which all peo­ple agree that all an­i­mals (hu­man and non-hu­man) are or maybe sen­tient be­ings that are sub­jec­tively aware of, and able to value their own lives. VWA says “Ev­ery­one un­der­stands that an­i­mals there­fore should not be treated as prop­erty and that every form of use or ex­ploita­tion of, or harm to, an­i­mals is morally wrong.” The coun­tries will work to­gether on the pro­mo­tion of ve­g­an­ism, thereby sup­port­ing the cre­ation of a ve­gan world. One of its first ini­tia­tives is a stan­dard for food la­bels suitable for ve­g­ans. The or­gan­i­sa­tion notes that many coun­tries have no le­gal def­i­ni­tion of what ve­gan food is. As a re­sult, the al­liance has al­ready be­gun to work on draft­ing a stan­dard with re­gards to foods suitable for ve­g­ans. Across the globe there are con­flict­ing def­i­ni­tions of ‘ve­gan’, which cre­ates con­fu­sion for con­sumers and ve­gan food mak­ers. In ad­di­tion, in many coun­tries there is no le­gal def­i­ni­tion of the word ve­gan, which leaves some prod­ucts claim­ing they are ve­gan, de­spite the prod­uct not be­ing gen­uinely ve­gan. Pro­vid­ing clar­ity around this is­sue through “In­ter­na­tional Or­ga­ni­za­tion for Stan­dard­i­s­a­tion” is an im­por­tant first step for ve­g­ans around the world and will lead to more trust when pur­chas­ing plant­based prod­ucts. New Zealand, a mem­ber of the al­liance, re­leased a re­port from the Min­istry of Health last Au­gust sug­gest­ing the en­tire health sec­tor should adapt plant-based menus to cut car­bon emis­sions. Sim­i­larly, the Cana­dian gov­ern­ment up­dated the na­tion’s food guide at the start of the year, em­pha­sis­ing plant-based pro­tein as part of a healthy diet and nearly scrap­ping dairy en­tirely. Mak­ing it eas­ier to go ve­gan is in the best in­ter­est of the Earth. A broadly health­ier diet could save five mil­lion lives a year, a veg­e­tar­ian diet seven mil­lion; but a ve­gan diet would have the big­gest im­pact, pre­vent­ing eight mil­lion deaths from chronic dis­eases, sci­en­tists stud­ies have shown. A ve­gan fu­ture would also free up space and re­sources for grow­ing food. Driven by the need to tackle cli­mate change, ris­ing obe­sity and di­a­betes, even the Chi­nese gov­ern­ment have firmed new guide­lines aimed at get­ting the na­tion’s 1.3 bil­lion peo­ple to re­duce their meat con­sump­tion by 50 per­cent by 2030 — a ‘vi­sion 2030’ that should be adopted in sev­eral coun­tries, in­clud­ing Qatar, as it’s in the best in­ter­est of the peo­ple, and the planet.

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