September 14, 2017 By Abu-Bakarr Sheriff
The 2017 Global Human Capital Report released yesterday ranked Sierra Leone 117 out of 130 countries surveyed in all geo-political regions around the world.
Sierra Leone, like many other countries in Sub-Sahara Africa, is categorised as a “low income country”.
The report looked at four broad thematic issues: capacity, know-how, deployment (of labour) and development.
The country scored poorly in capacity – 27.6, ranked 128; it performed a little better in development and know-how, scoring 49.5, ranked 109 and 45.9, ranked 99 respectively. Her best score was in deployment where it ranked 16, scoring a respectable 74.9.
The reports states that the country’s Gross Domestic Product per capita is currently pegged at US$1,366; life expectancy at 44.4, while unemployment rate is at 2.8 percent. Public spending on education is a paltry 2.7 percent.
In November this year, President Ernest Bai Koroma and his ruling All Peoples Congress will be marking ten years in power. The president promised in 2007 to run the country as a successful business, while his re-election promise in 2012 was anchored on an “agenda for prosperity”.
However, with barely few hundred days more in office, the jury is still out as to whether he has been able to achieve the twin ambitious promises of running the country as a successful business and transforming the lives of the average Sierra Leonean from poverty to prosperity.
Meanwhile, the Human Capital Report rates Norway as the most advanced and Yemen as the least. Mauritania is the lowest ranked country on the continent, with Ethiopia just two places above.
The top performing countries in sub-Saharan Africa are Rwanda, Ghana, Cameroon and Mauritius.