ZAMBIA has been ranked the third most peaceful country in sub-Saharan Africa.
According to the 2014 Global Peace Index (GPI), the world’s leading measure of national peacefulness, the most peaceful country in the sub-Saharan Africa region is Mauritius, followed by Botswana.
Now in its eighth year, it ranks 162 nations according to their ‘absence of violence’.
The GPI is developed by the Institute for Economics and Peace (IEP) under the guidance of an international panel of independent experts with data collated and calculated by the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU).
The report has further ranked Zambia the world’s 44th most peaceful country in the world.
According to the report, the most peaceful country in the world is Iceland, followed by Denmark.
The report has, however, cited Zambia to be among 10 countries likely to become less peaceful in the next two years.
Zambia scored the highest points at 86 out of 100 followed by Haiti at 78, Argentina 76, Chad 74, and Bosnia and Herzegovina 72.
Others are Nepal 70, Burundi 70, Georgia 70, Liberia 67 and Qatar 65. And the report says global violence impacted the world economy by US$9.8 trillion or 11.3 percent of gross domestic product (GDP) last year.It states that this is an increase of US$179 billion, through the upward revisions of China’s military expenditure and the number and intensity of internal conflicts