Kingdom of Saudi Arabia: Safest Among G20 Countries
In a significant development, according to international security indicators, Saudi Arabia has topped a list recently prepared, outperforming the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council, as the most secure country. Five security metrics used in the Global Competitiveness Report 2019 and the Sustainable Development Goals Index 2020 have revealed the findings.
The Kingdom was ranked first among the G20 countries, ahead of the United Nations Security Council’s five permanent members, surpassing China and Canada in the G20, and surpassing China and the US in this year’s ‘Feeling safe while walking alone at night’ index.
Saudi Arabia also came first in citizens’ confidence in police services index, which measures confidence in security and efficacy in law and order compliance.
After Australia and Japan, and ahead of Canada, South Korea, France, and Germany in the 2019 Security Index released by the Global Competitiveness Report, Saudi Arabia ranked third among the G20 countries. The Kingdom also outperformed the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council in the same index.
Saudi Arabia ranked first also in the reliability of police services index, the indicator that measures public confidence in law enforcement and its success in order and safety achievement. The Kingdom topped the G20 and surpassed the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council in this index as well.
As per the Global Competitiveness Report, released annually by the World Economic Forum, in terms of international competitiveness, the Kingdom had advanced three positions to rank 36th internationally. The report suggested that the Kingdom is taking rapid measures to diversify its economy, with growth plans in the non-oil market, and that in the coming years, there will be more investment beyond the mining sector in the public and private sectors.
The annual Global Competitiveness Report is intended to encourage and assist policymakers, business leaders, and stakeholders in defining policies and practices that are better suited to long-term action to monitor their success.
The report commended the clear insistence of Saudi Arabia on the implementation of structural reforms and the widespread adoption of communication technology with high innovation potential, particularly in the field of patent registration.