17 Apr 2024

Last update 23 / 01 / 2024

KSA ranks 25th globally and first in the Gulf in SPI

The ranking of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, represented by the General Authority for Statistics (GASTAT), has jumped 25 places in the Statistical Performance Index (SPI) issued by the World Bank. It ranked first in the Gulf and advanced four places in the same index among the G20 countries, coming in at 15th place after previously being ranked 19th in the 2019 assessment.
The World Bank recently announced the results of the assessment of the maturity and performance of statistical systems (SPI), which included 186 countries. The assessment focuses on five main dimensions distributed over more than 52 indices, covering data sources, statistical products and services, and infrastructure. The Kingdom achieved 100% in the data use dimension and scored 80.8% in the assessment, a significant increase from the previous score of 63.4% in 2019. It was the highest progress among the G20 countries, with a progress rate of 17.4%.
Dr. Fahad bin Abdullah Aldossari, the President of the General Authority for Statistics, explained that the support and empowerment received by GASTAT in the past period contributed to achieving strategic transformations in the statistical production and technical infrastructure fields. This had a great impact on enhancing the statistical role played by GASTAT and achieving progress in comparison to many official statistical agencies around the world. It also contributed to building and calculating high-quality indices and statistical data that lauded by international organizations specialized in the statistical field. Moreover, it supported all sectors of the state with statistical data that assist decision-makers and policymakers. He emphasized the importance of continuous collaboration with partners to further develop statistical production.
It is worth mentioning that this significant progress achieved by the Kingdom in the assessment of the national statistical agencies' performance index (SPI) is a continuation of the efforts of GASTAT in implementing the statistical transformation that aligns with the national transformation in various sectors and fields, in line with Saudi Vision 2030. GASTAT is making relentless efforts to anticipate the future in light of its transformation strategy, which includes developing the technical infrastructure, improving field surveys and statistical products, as well as enhancing partnerships with the government, private, and non-profit sectors. It also works on improving data availability and meeting statistical requirements at the local, regional, and international levels, while focusing on increasing customer satisfaction through continuous development of data presentation and statistical indices interactively and smoothly.
In the same context, this achievement reflects the level of support and empowerment GASTAT receives from the wise leadership and the great confidence in its national role in providing statistical data, building, and measuring national statistical indices that support sustainable development plans and the development of the Saudi economy, and improving the quality of life in the Kingdom.


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