Algeria ranks second at the Arab level and 66 worldwide in the Energy Engineering Index 2014 with 0.50 points. Algeria has a greater capacity than other Arab countries to create safe, sustainable and less costly energy systems according to the index of the World Economic Forum published in Riyadh yesterday. The United Arab Emirates come sixth at the Arab level and 88 worldwide, with 0.44 points, followed by Qatar , Saudi Arabia , Iraq , Kuwait , Syria , Oman , Jordan , Bahrain , Lebanon and Yemen which occupies the last position worldwide (124) with 0.32 points.
The index assesses the capacity of the energy systems of 124 countries to successfully stimulate economic growth, development, environmental stability, energy security and its proper use.
The Maghreb countries are at the head of the Arab countries with Tunisia leading. Although Tunisia has kept the top spot since 2013 it has, however, fallen 10 points worldwide and now occupies 60th place with 0.53 points, followed by Algeria, Morocco, Egypt and Libya.
The World Economic Forum adopts various sub-indices of the 2014 Energy Engineering Index which reflect the performance of the countries in all aspects of energy engineering in order to determine the ability of each state to create secure, sustainable and less expensive energy systems. The index includes 18 indicators which in turn depend on three energy priorities: growth and economic development, environmental sustainability and access to energy.
The index indicates that in the MENA region electricity does not reach all its citizens and the techniques used for power supply are still largely underdeveloped. The region is experiencing a strange paradox divided into the states which are major exporters of oil and gas and countries with a significant dependence on energy imports, such as Morocco, which imports 90 % of its energy needs.
Source Al Fachr, 14/01/2014
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