Countries Seen as Economically Stable
Earlier in January the International Monetary Fund projected global economic growth in 2020 to increase by 3.3%, an increase from its projections of 2.9% growth in 2019. But those projections are based on data that precluded the possible global economic impact of the spread of the coronavirus virus.
Being seen as economically stable is one of nine equally weighted attributes used to develop the larger Quality of Life sub-ranking in the 2020 Best Countries report, a perception-based series of rankings. The Best Countries report is based on a survey of more than 20,000 global citizens from four regions to assess perceptions of 80 countries on 75 different metrics.
Countries seen as economically stable are generally the leaders of the overall ranking in the Best Countries report. With two notable exceptions: the United Kingdom, leaving the European Union on Jan. 31, is ranked as only the 16th most economically stable country, a drop of five positions from 2019. The United States, the world's largest economy, ranks 15th, a drop of one position from 2019 and trailing countries such as the United Arab Emirates and New Zealand.
The following are the top 10 countries viewed as the most economically stable.
Ontario's Ellisdon to design, build, and operate the pavilion that is located within the World Expo's Sustainability District
Construction work has begun on Expo 2020 Dubai’s “The Future In Mind”-themed Canada Pavilion, with ground having broken on the wooden structure at the World Expo site.
Ontario-based construction heavyweight Ellisdon was picked to design, build, and operate the pavilion.
Yesterday, the groundbreaking ceremony for the Canada Pavilion was held at the Expo 2020 grounds in Dubai. As the selected contractor to design, build, and maintain, EllisDon has mobilized on-site and is set to begin construction on the national pavilion.
Other companies working associated with the pavilion include Moriyama & Teshima Architects, Lord Cultural Resources, Hatch, Kubik, Thornton Tomasetti, NGX, and Cisco.
Ground on the pavilion’s site, located within the Sustainability District, was broken by CSO and senior vice president for international services at Ellisdon, Jody Becker; interim commissioner general of Canada at Expo 2020 Dubai, Veronica Silva; executive director of Expo 2020 Dubai, Najeeb Mohammed Al Ali; and Canada’s Ambassador to the UAE, Marcy Grossman.
According to statement published on Ellisdon’s website, vice president for the Middle East at Ellisdon, Wissam Ayoub, said: “We are extremely excited to break ground on the Canadian Pavilion at Expo 2020 in Dubai."
Meanwhile, Becker said: "We are honoured to have been entrusted with this important project and look forward to delivering a pavilion of which all Canadians can be proud."
OTTAWA, 25th November, 2019 (WAM) -- Fahad Saeed Mohammed Al Raqbani, UAE Ambassador to Canada, has inaugurated the "Arab Peace Carpets" exhibition, in cooperation with the General and Cultural Diplomacy Office at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation and the "Peace Carpet Initiative," launched by H.H. Sheikha Fatima bint Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan.
During his tour of the exhibition, held in the Canadian War Museum in Ottawa, Al Raqbani was briefed about its goal of promoting carpet-making in Afghanistan, as well as to showcase its vision of peace, support women and enable them to raise their income by teaching them weaving.
The inauguration was attended by Sultan Ali Al Harbi, UAE Consul-General in Toronto, and Captain Aisha Al Hamli, UAE Permanent Representative to the International Civil Aviation Organisation, along with Emirati diplomats, Canadian public figures and Arab and foreign diplomats.
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ABU DHABI, 24th November, 2019 (WAM) -- His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, received on Sunday the credentials of new ambassadors from brotherly and friendly countries to the UAE, at the Qasr Al Watan Palace.
Also present were H.H. Lt. General Sheikh Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Interior; H.H. Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs; Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Tolerance; along with a number of other ministers.
Sheikh Mohammed received the credentials of ambassadors of Kingdom of Norway, the Republic of Panama, the United States of America, the Republic of Zimbabwe, the Republic of India, Canada, the Republic of Kenya, the Republic of Guatemala and the People's Democratic Republic of Algeria.
Sheikh Mohammed welcomed the ambassadors, wishing them and their families a good stay in the country, noting that the doors of government and officials are "always open for joint consultations and exchange of constructive views and ideas that would open up new avenues of cooperation".
Addressing them, Sheikh Mohammed said, "This country and yours have many great opportunities that can be seized and activated at various levels to contribute to bridging the distance between our people and yours."
Sheikh Mohammed wished the new ambassadors success in boosting cooperation and friendship relations between the UAE and their respective countries.
The ambassadors, in turn, reciprocated the greetings of their countries’ leaders to President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan and His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, and His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces.
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OTTAWA, November 19, 2019 — Today in Dubai, Royal College International (RCI) — the international contracting arm of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (Royal College) — has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the United Arab Emirates’ National Institute for Health Specialties (NIHS).
The agreement establishes an educational collaboration between the organizations to support the growth of the NIHS, which will include academic activities, consultation services, workshops and conferences, as well as accreditation and assessment systems and tools.
By collaborating with RCI and the Royal College, the NIHS will be further positioned as an innovator to help advance United Arab Emirates’ postgraduate medical education initiatives.
“I look forward to working with the NIHS,” says Craig Ceppetelli, director of international affairs at RCI. “Today’s MOU signing in Dubai is an important stepping stone, which will increase our efforts to support the NIHS as it continues to evolve.”
“I am proud to be a Fellow of the Royal College,” says Dr. Mohammed Al Houqani, associate professor at United Arab Emirates University representing the NIHS. “I conducted my residency and fellowship training in Toronto, and experienced the excellence of Canada’s postgraduate medical education system. I look forward to collaborating with RCI and the Royal College on this initiative.”
Nations around the world have different levels of education. In more developed nations, most adults are literate and have at least a basic high school education. In less-developed nations, the opposite is usually true. In underdeveloped and undeveloped nations, the quality of education is poor, while many people may not have access to education at all.
A country’s education levels can be broken down into three tiers: below upper secondary, upper secondary, and tertiary. Secondary education covers two phases on the International Standard Classification of Education scale: lower secondary education (the final phase of basic education) and upper secondary education. Secondary education takes place after six years of primary education and is followed by higher education, vocational education, or employment. Secondary education is compulsory in most countries. Tertiary education, also known as post-secondary education, refers to any type of education pursued beyond the high school level, such as certificate programs, undergraduate degree programs, graduate degree programs and so on.
Several surveys and studies have been conducted to find the most educated countries in the world. The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, or OECD, has made a list of the world’s most educated countries based on the number of adult residents between the ages of 25 and 64 that have received a tertiary education: two-year or four-year degree or have received an education through a vocational program.
Based on this information, Canada is the most educated country in the world with 56.71% of adults meeting the OECD criteria. Japan has the second-highest percentage of 51.44%, followed by Israel with 50.92%.
The top 10 most educated nations based on this study are:
In general, the lowest education rates are seen in underdeveloped countries. According to the Global Partnership for Education, education plays a key role in human, social, and economic development. Education can promote gender equality, reduce child marriage, promote peace, and overall increases a person’s chances of having a healthy life. The Global Partnership for Education considers education to be a human right, one that grants every person more chances in life such as employment opportunities, better health, and the ability to participate in the political process.
Below is a table of each country’s percentage of people completing tertiary education, upper secondary education, and below upper secondary education.
Parties to establish Retail & Logistics sector skills academies to up-skill Emirati workforce.
ABU DHABI: The Higher Colleges of Technology (HCT) will partner with the Canadian Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT) in the advancement of Retail & Logistics Sector Skills Academies which will support the UAE’s commerce and industry sectors, after the parties signed a cooperation agreement.
The signing ceremony was attended by His Excellency Nasser Bin Thani Al Hamli, Minister of Human Resources and Emiratisation (MOHRE) and HCT Chancellor, and the agreement was signed by Dr. Abdullatif Al Shamsi, HCT President and CEO, and Dr. David Ross, President & CEO of SAIT.
The agreement will see the parties collaborate to support Retail & Logistics Academies that are part of the Sector Skills Academies (SSAs), which are being established by HCT as part of its HCT 4.0 strategy, and which are strongly aligned to the goals of the National Employment Strategy 2031.
The national strategy aims to prepare the national workforce for future jobs by reskilling and up-skilling about 65,000 Emiratis employed in various business sectors, as well as enhancing lifelong learning programs and directing 100% of the workforce to participate in continuing education programs. The Sector Skills Academies will equip UAE’s National workforce with future skills required in the labor market, so as to meet these goals.
HE Nasser Bin Thani Al Hamli said that by HCT implementing its HCT 4.0 strategic plan, in line with the directives of the UAE’s leadership, it will ensure the work readiness of HCT graduates entering the labor market, as well as guiding youth towards entrepreneurial endeavors, such as establishing their own businesses, in support of the national economy.
The HCT 4.0 strategic plan will also support and empower many employees to be familiar with technological updates and enhancing their skills, so as to keep pace with accelerating job changes dictated by the 4th Industrial Revolution and the rapid development of Artificial Intelligence skills.
HE Nasser Bin Thani Al Hamli added that the Sector Skills Academies will support employees who wish to change their career paths by empowering them with the necessary skills to operate in the labor market, stressing that the new HCT study tracks are aimed at the national workforce, so as to enhance lifelong learning by reinforcing applied learning in the curriculum and also by awarding professional certificates.
Dr. Abdullatif Al Shamsi, HCT President and CEO, said that the agreement with SAIT is an extended cooperation with this renowned educational institution, whereby SAIT’s expertise and curricula will be assets in establishing the new academies for the purpose of enabling employees to change their career pathways, which in turn will ensure their success in the future labor market.
Dr. Al Shamsi added that the future direction for the SSAs is to achieve the principle of “No Emirati Left Behind”, whereby the HCT is committed to providing education opportunities to each and every male and female Emirati. Accordingly, the HCT will launch a Logistics Academy and a Retail Academy in September 2019 in cooperation with SAIT, while additional academies for Hospitality, Petroleum, Gas, 4th Industrial Revolution, and Artificial Intelligence, will be launched throughout 2020.
Dr. Al Shamsi noted that SAIT is one of the inaugural partnering educational institutions in the Global Applied Education Network (GAEN), which was launched by the HCT with the aim of supporting the future of applied education in the region.
“SAIT is pleased to be invited to be the lead consulting organization for this national initiative, working in tandem with HCT and the UAE government,” said Dr. Ross. “This is an incredible opportunity for SAIT to provide our expertise in delivering innovative competency-based education as the country charts its path in diversifying its economy through its progressive workforce transformation,” he added.
OTTAWA, Canada, 21st July, 2019 (WAM) -- The second session of the UAE-Canada Consular Committee was recently held in the Canadian capital, Ottawa.
The meeting was chaired by Ahmed Sari Al Mazrouei, Under-Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, and Heather Jeffrey, Assistant Deputy Minister, Consular, Emergency Management and Security, at Canada's Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development, who reviewed a number of consular issues of common interest between the UAE and Canada, and discussed means of enhancing joint consular cooperation between their countries.
Topics high on the agenda included consular cooperation in legal matters, citizens' affairs and aviation.
Al Mazrouei conveyed to Jeffrey the greetings of H.H. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, and Dr. Anwar Gargash, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, and their praise for the strong bilateral relations the two countries enjoy.
The Emirati diplomat also hailed the positive developments between the two countries in various fields and the fruitful results of mutual visits by senior officials. He went on to affirm the UAE's keenness to strengthen its cooperation and partnership with Canada to promote bilateral interests.
For her part, Jeffrey praised the level of relations between the two countries, also expressing Canada's aspiration to further strengthen them across various sectors.
On the sidelines of the Committee, a Memorandum of Understanding was signed between the Government of the United Arab Emirates and the Government of Canada pertaining to the work of members of diplomatic and consular missions.
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ABU DHABI, 16th July, 2019 (WAM) -- Commercial trade between the UAE and Canada totalled AED7.8 billion in 2018, said Badr Al Mushrekh, Director of the Commercial Policies and International Organisations Administration at the UAE Ministry of Economy.
The ministry representative made his remarks while commenting on the latest 'Trade Policy Review: Canada' report issued by the World Trade Organisation, WTO, Secretariat.
According to the WTO Secretariat report, the Canadian economy was characterised by moderate GDP growth and low inflation for the 2015-2018 period during which the review process took place. "Canada has achieved a high standard of living for its population," the report added, noting that GDP per capita in nominal terms reached US$46,182 in 2018.
Foreign direct investment, FDI, remains an important aspect of Canada's economy, "direct investment abroad amounting to over CAD1 trillion in 2017, equivalent to over 50 percent of its GDP," the report revealed.
It highlighted the recent 'Export Diversification Strategy' revealed by the Canadian government, noting the strategy objective to increase overseas exports by 50 percent by 2025.
The strategy aims to assist Canadian business - of diverse sizes and sectors - to maximise growth by captalising on more economic opportunities abroad, linking them to global markets, providing export strategy resources, and enhancing trade services for the country's exporters.
The report also noted that Canada has committed to eliminate remaining export subsidies by the end of 2020 in accordance with the Nairobi Ministerial Decision on Export Competition.
ABU DHABI, 16th July, 2019 (WAM) -- President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan has conferred the Order of Independence, First Class, on Masud Husain, Ambassador of Canada, and Vasilis Polemitis, Ambassador of Cyprus, in recognition of their efforts during their tenures towards the development and strengthening of friendly relations and cooperation between their respective countries and the UAE across all fields.
H.H. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, presented the orders to the ambassadors at a ceremony held at the ministry's Diwan in Abu Dhabi today.
Sheikh Abdullah commended the roles of the ambassadors in enhancing ties with the UAE and wished them success in all their future assignments.
Ambassador Husain and Ambassador Polemitis expressed their appreciation for the prudent policy being pursued by the UAE President and his prominent role at the regional and international levels.
They also extended their gratitude to the UAE government departments for supporting them in their missions to develop ties with the UAE.
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