A study by the World Economic Forum has found that Qatar’s government has ranks as the world’s most efficient.

In the World Economic Forum’s annual Global Competitiveness Report the organisation evaluated the efficiency of 144 for the world’s governments on measures including wastefulness of government spending, burden of regulation and transparency of policymaking to produce an overall global ranking.

According to the research Qatar is ranked number one in the world, followed by Singapore and Finland:

  1. Qatar
  2. Singapore
  3. Finland
  4. Hong Kong SAR
  5. United Arab Emirates
  6. New Zealand
  7. Rwanda
  8. Malaysia
  9. Switzerland
  10. Luxembourg

Academics have greeted the research with scepticism, saying that many efficiency problems exist within Qatar’s government, which are holding back decision-making and progress within the country.

“This [report] highlights… just how profoundly misguided outcomes can be if one relies on statistics and metrics alone,” said David Roberts, a lecturer on Gulf relations at King’s College London. “This is a small, but powerful proof-positive of the critical importance of on-the-ground knowledge and experience. “

Qatar currently has a dual ministerial system that has been criticised as highly inefficient in the past.

As well as having standard ministries, a number of supreme councils also exist, which replicate much of the work carried out by the standard ministries.

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