Jordan ranked 55th among 122 countries in the World Economic Forum’s (WEF) Human Capital Report, which was released on October 1.
The Human Capital Report details the findings of a new index that measures countries on their ability to develop and deploy healthy, educated and able workers through four distinct pillars: education; health and wellness; workforce and employment; and enabling environment.
The Kingdom ranked 44th in the education pillar, 68th in health and wellness, 97th in workforce and employment and 46th in terms of having an enabling environment.
The report showed that although Jordan ranked 44th in the overall education pillar, the country came 88th in terms of access to primary enrolment, 38th in secondary enrolment and 61st in tertiary enrolment.
In addition, the Kingdom ranked 40th in Internet access in schools and 26th in the quality of the education system.
Through the Human Capital Report, WEF seeks to provide a holistic, long-term overview on how well countries are leveraging their human capital and establishing workforces that are prepared for the demands of competitive economies, WEF Executive Chairman Klaus Schwab said in the introduction of the report.
He added that by providing a comprehensive framework for benchmarking human capital, the report highlights countries that are role models in investing in the health, education and talent of their people and providing an environment where these investments translate into productivity for the economy.
Also, through extensive additional information on the 122 countries covered, the report seeks to provide a fuller picture of the context within which human capital is operating in any particular country.
“Using the report as a basis, we aim to provide a platform for a much-needed dialogue across multiple sectors and stakeholder groups on how best to invest in human capital —both in the short and long term,” Schwab noted.
In the health and wellness pillar, Jordan ranked 73rd in the index in relation to infant mortality per 1,000 live births, 59th in the life expectancy index and 80th in the survival gender gap.
The Kingdom ranked 84th in the index in relation to deaths under 60 from non-communicable diseases and 119 in the rate of obesity of adults, with a body mass index over or equal to 30.
In the workforce and employment pillar, the Kingdom ranked 121st out of 122 countries in terms of labour force participation rate among the 15-65 age category, and 99th in the category of 65 years and above.
Jordan ranked 90th in the rate of unemployment, and 85 in terms of youth unemployment.
In the fourth pillar — enabling environment — Jordan ranked 42nd in terms of mobile users per 100 people and 75th in terms of Internet users per 100 people, while in the quality of domestic transport, the country ranked 30th in the index.
Switzerland topped the ranking, while Yemen was placed last in the 122nd position.
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