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‘Good Country’ Index puts Kuwait as second in Gulf

KUWAIT CITY, Jan 26: Kuwait is ranked second among the Gulf countries and 67 globally on the index ‘Good Countries’ for 2019, which measures the impact and contribution of each country to the welfare of mankind, reports Al-Rai daily. The UAE topped the list of Gulf countries and is 51st in the world, followed by Oman, which ranked 87th and third in Gulf, followed by Qatar in 94th place in the world, Saudi Arabia ranked 95th in the world and Bahrain ranked 126th globally.

The results reveal significant progress in Kuwait’s ranking compared with last year’s 85th place in the world. The annual indicator, launched in 2015, is based on several key factors, including science, technology and culture, international security and peace, as well as global order, planet, climate, welfare, equality and health.

Kuwait scored the best results in its global contribution to health and well-being by ranking 20th in the world, which includes food aid and pharmaceutical exports, substantial voluntary contributions to the World Health Organization (WHO), humanitarian assistance and compatibility with global health systems.

Kuwait has achieved a world-class ranking in its contribution to the criterion of prosperity and quality, after being ranked 21st in the world. This criterion includes open trade, the presence in overseas volunteers of the United Nations through Kuwaiti employees in the organization’s bodies, the cost of remittances, direct investment abroad, and development assistance.

In contrast, Kuwait has achieved a declining rank in the standard that measures the impact of countries on climate and planet by 125th place worldwide.

This criterion includes several variables, including environmental impact and adherence to environmental conventions, as well as the share of renewable energy, exports of hazardous pesticides, in addition to the activities of the country in the ozone layer.

Finland, Ireland and Sweden, as well as Germany, Denmark, Switzerland, Norway, France, Spain and Canada, topped the rankings. Iraq is listed on the bottom of the index, followed by Libya, Yemen, Mauritania, Suriname, Gabon, Angola, Mali, Guinea, Papua New Guinea and Bahamas.

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