– Bahrain a high performer in education and health –
– Bahrain’s Human Capital score has increased by 10% –
Manama, 17 October 2018: The World Bank last week announced its inaugural Human Capital Index, with Bahrain coming in the lead for the MENA Region. Focusing on health and education, the Index measures how productive a child born today will be by the time they turn 18. The Kingdom’s score also increased by 6% since the research project started five years ago, in 2012.
Bahrain’s performance was most notable in education, where it ranked first in the GCC for attainment and in the top quartile globally for the number of years a child spends at school, averaging 13.3 years per child.
Equally, it was also in the top quartile for key health measures such as adult survival rates (the percentage of 15-year olds living until they are 60), and child survival rates (the percentage of children living until they are five).
H.E. Khalid Al Rumaihi, Chief Executive of the Bahrain Economic Development Board (EDB) commented: “The World Bank’s Human Capital Index is yet another testament of Bahrain’s high performance in key measures of economic and social sustainability. In the past few years, Bahrain witnessed major developments in the health and education sectors, where today the UNDP’s Human Development Index ranks Bahrain in the very high human development category, with our ranking improving 13.4% between 1990 and 2017.
“Bahrain recognises that improving the skills, health and knowledge of the country’s population is crucial to the future development of our Kingdom, and it is particularly pleasing to see our efforts reflected in this index.”
Compared to its regional peers, Bahrain’s Human Capital Index is marginally higher for girls than it is for boys, specifically because of higher education attainment, while health outcomes for girls and boys are virtually identical.
The World Bank set up the Human Capital project to draw more attention to the fact that the improvement of human capital is crucial to sustainable economic growth and poverty reduction. Investing in human capital is even more important as advances in science and technology changes the way we live and work.
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The Bahrain Economic Development Board (EDB) is an investment promotion agency with overall responsibility for attracting investment into the Kingdom and supporting initiatives that enhance the investment climate.
The EDB works with the government and both current and prospective investors, in order to ensure that Bahrain’s investment climate is attractive, to communicate the key strengths, and to identify where opportunities exist for further economic growth through investment.
The EDB focuses on several economic sectors that capitalise on Bahrain’s competitive advantages and provide significant investment opportunities. These sectors include financial services, manufacturing, ICT, tourism, logistics and transport.