Qatar ‘most peaceful nation’ in Mena region
Doha, June 22, 2014
Qatar has topped the Middle East and North Africa (Mena) region in the Global Peace Index (GPI) this year for the sixth year in a row.
It came in 22nd place on the global level among 162 countries covered by the GPI, said a statement.
According to the current index report, Qatar’s grades demonstrate its ascendency in regional and international levels in various areas of security, economic, educational, social, cultural and other fields, it said.
It has enjoyed a high level of security and stability, low crime rates and high levels of social development as well as the economic development of the state is characterised by a distinct and high level of transparency.
It also features low rates of corruption in all institutions, high level of per capital income by low unemployment rates and high level of education, high life expectancy, as well as the low rate of infant mortality.
The index is published by Institute for Economics and Peace (IEP), a Sydney-based non-profit research institute that studies the relations between economics, business and peace.
It measures a number of quantitative and qualitative indicators based on the data from reliable sources and it consists of internal and external factors such as political stability, number of crimes in society, number of internal security officers and police, number of homicides, ease of access to small arms and light weapons, extent of corruption level of organised internal conflict, likelihood of violent demonstrations, level of violent crime, political instability, level of disrespect for human rights (political terror scale), relations with neighbouring countries, number of deaths from organised conflict (internal), extent of health care and opportunities for education.
The countries are assessed on score level of one to five. The country that is more peaceful will get a score of one, while the least peaceful will get five. - TradeArabia News Service