Brunei scores well in peace, security

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

BRUNEI was ranked as the sixth most “good” country in ASEAN and the 11th biggest global contributor to international peace and security in the latest Good Country Index.

The 2016 edition of the index, developed by independent policy adviser Simon Anholt, measures what each country on earth contributes to the common good of humanity relative to its size based on a wide range of data from sources such as the United Nations.

The sultanate, which was included for the first time, came in at 104th place out of 163 countries overall with Sweden topping the ranking and Libya at the bottom.

Among ASEAN member states, the Good Country Index ranked the sultanate ahead of Vietnam (115th); Cambodia (149th); and Laos (151st); but behind Indonesia (83rd); Philippines (74th); Thailand (57th); Malaysia (46th); and Singapore (24th). Myanmar was not included in the list.

Brunei’s biggest contribution is to international peace and security with positive marks across all the indicators including the number of peacekeeping troops sent for missions.

The sultanate also scored 65th in its global contribution to culture mostly owing to its freedom of movement, which is based on data such as the number of countries and territories that citizens can enter without a visa.

Another area where Brunei positively contributed was to the planet and climate with full marks for its ecological footprint, placing 79th overall.

As it gives more humanitarian aid donations than it takes in food aid, the country was ranked 123rd in health and well-being. The sultanate came in 127th for world order as well as prosperity and equality with a high score for open trading.

Meanwhile, Brunei scored 140th in science and technology due to its lack of international students, journals, international publications, Nobel prizes and patents.

Simon Anholt, who created the index, described a “good country” as a nation that serves the interests of its people, but without harming the interests of people in other countries.

He said the Good Country Index aims to start a global discussion about how countries can balance duty to their citizens with their responsibility to the wider world.

The Brunei Times