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KUWAIT CITY, May 4: According to informed sources, there is a governmental approach to improve Kuwait’s position in the international indicators issued by various agencies, by implementing a plan that includes taking several decisions that would raise the various classifications issued by international institutions, reports Al-Qabas daily.
The sources explained that the government agencies and ministries responsible for each indicator were identified separately to explore their vision on how to improve Kuwait’s classification in those indicators, after the success of the Business Environment Improvement Committee and the Credit Rating Improvement Committee in achieving remarkable progress in improving Kuwait’s ranking in those indicators by taking a number of decisions that had a positive outcome.
These steps will be linked with the indicators of the third development plan by distributing the indicators on the various axis of the plan and identifying the responsible parties to hold them responsible for the progress or regression in those indicators, especially with a strong belief that the lagging position in some indicators does not reflect reality, while the strengths need someone to show it to reflect on the ratings.
About 50 various global indicators were monitored in various fields and placed within the axes of the development plan in order to deal with them more specifically, in the following manner:
The first axis of the development plan includes “effective government administration”, which aims to reform administrative and bureaucratic practices to enhance transparency, accountability and government efficiency.
- E-government development index – the entities responsible for the e-government development index, issued by the United Nations, have been identified. They include the Communications Authority and the Central Agency for Information Technology.
- E-participation index issued by the United Nations – Each of the Communications Authority and the Central Agency for Information Technology were identified to be responsible for it.
- The burden of government regulation index issued by the World Economic Forum – the results are under the responsibility of the Ministry of Commerce and Industry.
- The Corruption Cases Index issued by the World Economic Forum – It will be the responsibility of the Kuwait Anti-Corruption Authority.
- Corruption Perceptions Index issued by Transparency International – The authority responsible for it is the Kuwait Anti-Corruption Authority.
The axis of a “sustainable diversified economy” includes the pillars of the development plan to develop a prosperous and diversified economy and to reduce dependence on oil export revenues, which included a number of indicators such as:
- The competition for services index, the product markets index, the market dominance index, the time required to start a business index, the insolvency disposal index, the conflict of interest rules index – The Ministry of Commerce and Industry is responsible for dealing with these indicators issued by the World Economic Forum.
- The indicator of the efficiency of customs clearance operations – It is the responsibility of both the General Administration of Customs and the Ministry of Commerce and Industry.
- The indicator of the efficiency of the legal framework in settling disputes and the indicator of the efficiency of the legal framework in organizing appeal processes – Both of these are the responsibility of the Ministry of Justice and the Ministry of Commerce and Industry.
- The macroeconomic index issued by the World Economic Forum – It is the responsibility of both the Ministry of Commerce and Industry and the Direct Investment Promotion Authority.
The “creative human capital” axis is concerned with reforming the educational system to better prepare young people to become competitive and productive members of the workforce. It includes about 14 indicators, the responsibility of which is distributed among the Ministry of Health, Ministry of Education, Ministry of Higher Education, Ministry of Finance, Public Authority for Manpower, Kuwait University, and the Public Authority For Applied Education and Training.
The list of indicators includes:
- Human Development Index issued by the United Nations.
- Human capital index issued by the World Bank.
- The Social Welfare Index issued by the Legatum Institute.
- The Social Capital Index issued by the Legatum Institute.
- The World Economic Forum’s Ease of Finding Skilled Employees Index.
There are also a number of other indicators, namely the degree of employee training, average years of study, quality of vocational training, skills of graduates, critical thinking in teaching, spending on research and development, patent applications, joint international inventions, and the life expectancy indicator during the years of education.
The axis of a sustainable living environment aims to ensure the availability of housing through environmentally sound resources. This pillar is concerned with eight main indicators, namely:
- The Environmental Performance Index issued by Yale University – It falls under the responsibility of the Environment Public Authority.
- The Exposure Index to Unsafe Drinking Water issued by the World Economic Forum – The responsibility for dealing with it falls under the umbrella of the Environment Public Authority, the Ministry of Electricity and Water, and the Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research.
- Indicators of financial resources, biodiversity, drinking water and sanitation, heavy metals, air quality, and health effects index, issued by Yale University.
An axis of high-quality health care means improving the quality of services in the public health care system and developing national capabilities at an affordable cost with two indicators – life expectancy in good health, and the health care indicator issued by the World Economic Forum. These fall under the responsibility of the Ministry of Health and the Food Authority.
This axis that is concerned with the development and modernization of national infrastructure to improve the quality of life for all includes 9 indicators issued by the Global Forum. They are indicators of infrastructure, access to electricity, quality of electricity supply, extent of dependence on water supply, efficiency of road network connectivity, airport connectivity, quality of roads, the efficiency of air transport services, the efficiency of seaport services, and the index of connectivity to international shipping networks.
The axis of “distinguished international prestige” means strengthening the position of Kuwait at the regional and global levels in the fields of diplomacy, trade, culture, charitable work, and others. An index related to the document was monitored, which is the Global Peace Index issued by the Institute of Economics and Peace. Kuwait’s ranking in this index is 39th in the world among 163 participating countries, and 2nd in the Gulf region.
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