New Zealand's response to COVID ranked best in the world – study claims

'We have one of the most open economies in the world because we set out a plan and stuck to it'

New Zealand's response to COVID ranked best in the world – study claims

New Zealand’s public response to the current COVID-19 pandemic has been voted the best in the world.

A recent report from Bloomberg Media showed that New Zealand topped the global Market Crisis Management Index – scoring 238. This placed NZ above Japan (204), Taiwan (198), and Australia (151).

Speaking on the accolade, Grant Robertson, minister of finance, celebrated the news.

“In New Zealand we went hard and early against this virus because we knew the best economic response is a strong health response.

“We have one of the most open economies in the world because we set out a plan and stuck to it. We have eliminated our second wave, as others are still grappling to get this virus under control,” he said.

“Our clear plan to deal with COVID-19 is being noticed, particularly by global businesses. Our strong and steady COVID response means we’re opening up investment opportunities to support the recovery and rebuild.”

The report found that 66% of business leaders surveyed felt confident in investing in NZ – making it the first choice for international investments.

“Throughout COVID-19 we’ve supported businesses and protected jobs so that we’re in the best position for recovery,” added Robertson.

“The work of all New Zealanders to eliminate COVID-19 when it appears in New Zealand means we have a head start on other economies, and we’re using that to our advantage.”

This news comes after New Zealand’s passport was recently named the mot powerful in the world – once again beating out the likes of Japan and the UK.

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