It also outlined the advanced rankings of Qatar in many international development indicators.
According to the Arab Monetary Fund, Qatar topped the Arab countries in the participation of woman in labour force with about 58%, followed by Kuwait with 49.3%.
Qatar also ranked 1st in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region and 27th globally in Global Peace Index for 2020, which is issued by the Institute for Economics and Peace in Sydney, Australia, maintaining its superiority in the global index ranking.
It also ranked 1st in the Arab world and 16th globally in the Societal Safety and Security index, making Qatar one of the 20 safest countries in the world.
Commenting on this ranking, the QC’s newsletter said that this accomplishment stressed the country’s leading position worldwide in safety, noting that it is corresponding with the QNV 2030 and its main strategy in maintaining security and safety, therefore enhancing investment climate.
The state also ranked 31st globally in the economic freedom index among 168 countries, according to the 2020 Index issued by the Heritage Foundation in Washington in Global Finance Magazine.
The newsletter included a report on the state’s foreign trade for April and trade of the private sector according to the certificates of origin issued by the Chamber.
According to the figures of The Planning and Statistics Authority for April 2020, the total the value of foreign merchandise trade statistics amounted to QR 19.3 billion.
In April 2020, the total exports of goods (including exports of goods of domestic origin and re-exports) amounted to around QR 11.8 billion, while the Qatari imports during the same month amounted to about QR 7.5 billion.
Therefore, the foreign merchandise trade balance, which represents the difference between total exports and imports, showed a surplus of QR 4.3 billion.
In April 2020, China was the leading country of origin of Qatar’s total foreign trade (imports + exports) with about QR 2.8 billion, a share of 14.5% of the total foreign trade.
According to the certificates of origin issued by the Chamber in April, the private sector’s exports reached QR 572 million.
The report said that as for the private sector’s trade according to the certificates of origin issued by the chamber for exporting companies, exports through the “General Model” certificate of origin form constituted the largest value at QR 298 million, followed by exports through GSP a total value of about QR 178 million and GCC model with a value of about QR 45 million.
Exports through the Unified Arab certificate came in the fourth place with a value of QR 43 million, followed by the Unified GCC Certificate of Origin to Singapore which amounted to QR 8 million.