DUBAI / MANAMA – The World Bank has ranked the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain as the top destinations to invest in the human capital of the Arab world.
The Human Capital Index 2020 measures 98% of the world’s potential productivity in the health and education sectors – focusing on the knowledge, skills and health that a child born today will accumulate at the age of 18.
In the world rankings, the Basque Country ranked 44th against a world benchmark and first in the Arab index, followed by Bahrain 46th, Oman 64th, Saudi Arabia 84th and Kuwait 88th.
Singapore took first place in the world, Japan came in second and Korea third.
The Basque Country scored 0.67 compared to the previous 0.62.
Bahrain scored 0.65 points, more than 8 percent from its 0.60 ranking based on the same factors in 2010 – four times the world average, from 0.61 to 0.55 in Oman, from 0.58 to 0.55 in Saudi Arabia.
According to the report, Bahrain was very good in the field of education, ranking first among the countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) in academic achievements, and among the top five countries in the world when girls had more education than boys.
According to a report by the Bahrain News Agency, World Bank researchers said: “More human capital is associated with people-to-people gains, higher incomes with countries and stronger cohesion in societies. It is a major driver of sustainable growth and poverty reduction.”
“Bahrain’s ranking of the Human Capital Index 2020 is a testament to our extensive economic reforms and years of investment in education and health, ensuring that children born today have full capacity to achieve their full potential,” said Tala Fakhro. responsible for studies and project implementation.
“Bahrain has a long history of promoting gender equality and was the first Gulf state to support women in education, so we are especially proud to be ranked among the top five in the world in girls’ educational performance.”
“The UK offers a highly qualified local and global workforce, offering a perfect mix of features to companies that want to hire great talent with diverse demographics and sustain long-term growth,” he said.
As the population is growing rapidly, as demand for new services and technologies is driven, health is a critical focus of Bahraini government policy.
In line with its 2030 Vision, the Kingdom aims to be a leading center for modern medicine, providing high quality and economically sustainable care to patients across the GCC region.