MENA Country Wins Top Position for Infrastructural Sustainable Development
The Unido index has ranked UAE globally as on the 11th number for best quality infrastructure under the sustainable development category. The prominent Middle Eastern country has beaten Portugal, Singapore, Finland, Denmark and Belgium to reach this place.
But within the Middle East and North African region, it has secured the top position in the same category. The Quality Infrastructure for Sustainable Development Index report issued by Unido tracks 137 countries on measures against a list of 36 indicators.
It is a tough competition where the index is based on five main dimensions: metrology, accreditation, conformity assessment, policy and standards. It maps out indicators for each, then links them to three of the five pillars of the SDGs: prosperity, people and planet.
Most Middle Eastern countries, it has been seen, are extremely serious about how they build responsible infrastructures keeping basic parameters of sustainability in mind; much in tune with the United Nations sustainability goals. Omar Al Suwaidi, undersecretary at the Ministry of Industry and Advanced Technology has said, that “Unido’s report reflects the UAE’s capabilities and efforts to create a supportive, efficient, innovative and safe legislative environment.”
The 17 SDGs, which include the goals of quality education and decent work and economic growth, are part of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
The UAE’s ranking reflects the efforts of the country’s government and is “representative of the government’s clear strategy for making the UAE one of the world’s most advanced countries”, Hanan Ahli, director of the Federal Competitiveness and Statistics Centre, said.
The description about the ranking says that it is “a global recognition of MoIAT’s and its strategic partners’ efforts to achieve sustainable development and enhance the UAE’s position in global competitiveness reports.”