|Preventing the Next 9/11|
|AS we approach the 10th anniversary
of the murder of thousands
of citizens from more than 90
countries, I keep asking myself
whether we are finally safe from
the global terror threat.
Since those shocking attacks of 9/11,
the death of Osama bin Laden, the elimination
of terrorist training camps in
Afghanistan and the concentrated international
pressure on Al Qaeda have
reshaped the nature of the threat confronting
We´ve seen terror attempts foiled by a
combination of heightened security and
awareness, improved intelligence gathering,
robust enforcement by police and
prosecutors, quick actions by an observant
public and sheer luck: the...
|HERE´S what the United
Nations report on Israel´s
raid last year on the
Marmara had to say about
the killing of a 19-year-old US citizen
"At least one of those killed,
Furkan Dogan, was shot at
extremely close range. Mr Dogan
sustained wounds to the face, back
of the skull, back and left leg. That
suggests he may already have been
lying wounded when the fatal shot
was delivered, as suggested by witness
accounts to that effect."
The four-member panel, led by
Sir Geoffrey Palmer, a former
prime minister of New Zealand,
appears with these words to raise
the possibility of an execution or
Dogan, born in upstate New
York, was an aspiring doctor. Little
interested in politics, he´d won a
lottery to travel...
Qatar most competitive economy in the Arab world
DOHA ONCE again Qatar has been ranked the most competitive economy in the Arab world.
With a score of 5.24, it has jumped three notches up from last year’s rank of 17 to finish at the 14th spot among 142 countries on the World Economic Forum’s (WEF) Global Competitiveness Index this year.
Other countries of the region following Qatar are Saudi Arabia at rank 17, United Arab Emirates (UAE) at rank 27, Kuwait at 34 and Bahrain at 37.
Qatar’s strong competitiveness rests on the solid foundation of high-quality institutional framework, stable macro- economic environment and efficient goods market, according to WEF’s Global Competitiveness Report (GCR) of which the index is a part.
Compared with many other countries, Qatar was relatively unharmed by the global economic crisis. Qatar’s high rate of growth combined with prudent government support to the financial sector helped to maintain a strong macroeconomic and financial stability, it pointed out.
The report ranks countries over 110 indicators and contains a detailed country/economy profile for each of the 142 economies featured in the study, providing a comprehensive summary of the overall position in the index rankings as well as a guide to what are considered to be the most prominent competitive advantages and competitive disadvantages of each.
“With the growing complexity of the global economy, The Global Competitiveness Report helps enhance our understanding of the key factors which determine viding detailed assessments of the economic conditions of Qatar and other nations, the report offers policymakers and business leaders an important tool in the formulation of economic policies and institutional reforms,” said Qatari Businessmen Association (QBA) Chairman Sheikh Faisal bin Qassim al Thani .
QBA First Deputy Chairman Hussain Ibrahim al Fardan stressed the importance of Qatar’s progression in the rankings and said it had become possible due to the efforts of the public as well as private sectors in developing the national economy.
The top spots taken by Switzerland, Singapore and Sweden show that good institutions and competent macro-economic management, coupled with worldclass educational attainment and a focus on innovation, are a successful strategy for boosting competitiveness in an increasingly complex global economy, he said.
Singapore and Japan, ranked second and ninth globally led Asia and were followed by Hong Kong (11th), Taiwan (15th),) and Malaysia (26th). These economies are characterised by high-quality infrastructure, flexible and efficient markets, efficient workforce and high levels of technological readiness.
“The complexity of today’s global economic environment has made it more important than ever to recognise and encourage the qualitative as well as the quantitative aspects of growth, integrating such concepts as inclusiveness and environmental sustainability to provide a fuller picture of what is needed and what works,” said Klaus Schwab, founder and executive chairman of the World Economic Forum.
The rankings are drawn from a combination of hard data and results of the Executive Opinion Survey, a comprehensive study conducted by the WEF, together with its network of partner institutes in the countries covered by the survey.
The QBA is the local partner of WEF in Qatar.