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Rwanda among most efficient gov'ts in the world

15 July 2015, 10:29

Kigali - Rwanda has been ranked the 7th most efficient government globally in the Global Competitive Report 2014-2015.

The latest report, released by the World Economic Forum (WEF) on Monday put the small Central African nation ahead of Malaysia, Switzerland and Luxembourg, which are placed 8th, 9th and 10th, respectively.

The survey ranked the Qatar government as the most efficient, followed by Singapore in second place and Finland in third.

"Rwanda's strong showing in seventh position was secured thanks in large part to the low level of waste in government spending," says WEF findings.

Speaking to reporters on Tuesday, Anastase Shyaka, chief executive officer Rwanda Governance Board (RGB) said that Rwanda has put in much efforts towards promoting transparency and accountable governance system.

"We are not surprised by the report because the results speak what is on the ground in our country. In Rwanda there is meaningful participation and accountability, particularly when it comes to how public resources are allocated," he noted.

Shyaka stated that Rwandans have access to crucial information about how government operates, establishes priorities and makes decisions.

The annual survey evaluates the efficiency of 144 of the world' s governments on measures including the wastefulness of government spending, burden of regulation and transparency of policymaking, to produce an overall global ranking.

The report ranks Rwanda top in Africa, followed by Mauritius (26th globally) and South Africa on third position (32 globally).

Rwanda has been on several occasions ranked among the most dynamic performers when it comes to social and economic development indicators across the globe.

The efficiency of government has a significant bearing on a country's competitiveness and economic growth, says the report.

In East Africa, Kenya comes second after Rwanda as most efficient, but stands at 51st position at global level, Uganda is in third position (79th globally) followed by Tanzania (81st globally) and Burundi comes last in the countries making East African Community (EAC) and 121st at global level.

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- Xinhua


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