Rabat - Morocco is among countries that are the least affected by terrorism according to the latest Global Terrorism Index (GTI) published last Wednesday by the Institute for Economics and Peace (IEP).
Rabat – Morocco is among countries that are the least affected by terrorism according to the latest Global Terrorism Index (GTI) published last Wednesday by the Institute for Economics and Peace (IEP).
Morocco ranked 95 out of 163 countries, followed by Honduras, Albania, and Estonia.
The ranking sheds light on the progress of safe and stable tourism in Morocco unlike some developed countries like France, which has suffered from a string of deadly terrorist attacks this past year.
“France and Tunisia, which witnessed deaths from terrorism, experienced large losses in tourism revenue. Conversely, Italy and Morocco, which had no deaths from terrorism, increased their revenues from tourism,” the Index said. It noted that the revenues from “Morocco’s tourism and travel increased by US$400 million from 2014 to 2015.”
The same index shows that Arab countries have been among the most affected by terrorism since the Arab Spring in 2011. Iraq, Syria, and Libya rose in the list ranking 1st, 5th, and 10th, respectively.
With respect to the world economy, the Index explains that the global impact of terrorism reached “US$89.6 billion in 2015, decreasing by 15 per cent from its 2014 level.”
It also shows that “Iraq is the country suffering the highest economic impact from terrorism, reaching 17 per cent of its GDP in 2015.” In the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) member countries, “deaths from terrorism dramatically increased in 2015, rising by 650 per cent when compared to 2014.”
The world’s four worst terrorist groups, ISIL, Boko Haram, the Taliban, and al-Qa’ida were responsible for 74% of all deaths. “ISIL surpassed Boko Haram as the deadliest terrorist group in 2015. It undertook attacks in 252 different cities in 2015 and was responsible for 6,141 deaths in the year.”
Edited by Patrick Shaffer