UAE Ranks First in MENA, 11th Globally in UNIDO’s Index
The UAE has been ranked first in the MENA region and 11th globally in 2022 Quality Infrastructure for Sustainable Development Index report issued by the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and International Network and Quality Infrastructure (INet QI).
The UAE, listed in the L group of countries (those with a GDP between $100 billion and $1 trillion), ranked ahead of countries including Portugal, Singapore, Finland, Denmark, and Belgium.
This index is an effective tool that gauges and compares the strength of quality infrastructure within countries to achieve sustainable development.
It is based on five main indicators: metrology, accreditation, conformity assessment, policy, and standards. The UAE’s quality infrastructure also meets the needs of partners from both the private and government sectors, including manufacturers and suppliers, as well as consumers.
His Excellency Omar Suwaina Al Suwaidi, Undersecretary at the Ministry of Industry and Advanced Technology, said: “The UAE has an advanced framework that supports quality infrastructure, which excels in the five main indicators of the index.
"Driven by the ministry, as part of a clear strategic roadmap to contribute to sustainable economic growth, the UAE's industrial framework comprises technical legislation, standard specifications, metrology, accreditation, conformity assessment, monitoring, and market intelligence.
"This framework contributes to enhancing the UAE’s industrial capability and performance and as well as the quality of local manufacturing.”
The UN's Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) aim to end poverty, protect the environment and achieve equality, peace and prosperity.
The 17 SDGs, which include the goals of quality education and decent work and economic growth, are part of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.