The UAE is first in the Arab world in the "Human Capital 2020" index

The World Bank has warned that the Corona pandemic threatens gains in health and education. ■ Archives

The UAE ranked 44th in the world, first in the Arab world, and third at the level of the Middle East and North Africa, among the best countries to invest in human capital, as it is a major engine for comprehensive sustainable economic growth, according to the report issued by the World Bank entitled "Human Capital 2020".

The Human Capital Index 2020 focuses on the health and education sectors, and measures the potential productivity of newly born individuals after reaching the age of 18.

Bahrain ranked 46th globally, second in the Arab world, and fourth in the Middle East and North Africa. Oman ranked 64th in the world, Saudi Arabia ranked 84th, and Kuwait ranked 88th globally.

The countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council topped the other countries at the level of the Middle East region, within the index, which includes data in 174 countries, covering 98% of the world's population, and which was led by Singapore, followed by Hong Kong, then Japan, South Korea, and Canada.

The World Bank noted in the Human Capital Report 2020 that the Coronavirus pandemic may threaten the hard-won gains in health and education over the past decade, especially in the world's poorest countries, as investments in human capital, knowledge, skills and health accumulate in people. Over the course of their lives, they are the basis for unleashing the potential of any child and increasing economic growth in every country.

During the past few years, Bahrain has witnessed major developments in the health and education sectors, as another international index, the United Nations Development Program’s Human Development Index, classifies it within the category of countries with high human development.

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GCC countries topped the other countries in the region in the index, which includes data in 174 countries.

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