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UAE 2nd most trusted government in the world

Syed Shayaan Bakht

The UAE national flags flutter in Sharjah.

DUBAI: The Government of UAE ranked the second most trusted government in the world, according to the latest report by Edelman Trust Barometer.

The survey found about 82 per cent trusted the Government of the UAE, a sharp rise of 5 per cent.
The prestigious survey put China on the top of the list. The third place is held by Indonesia with 75 per cent trust, while India has 74 per cent and Singapore has 67 per cent.

Paul Polman, Chief Executive Officer of Unilever once said, “To be trusted at the end of the day is a greater compliment to strive for than to be loved.”

With trust in governments taking a hit since the global financial crisis, the UAE has consistently seen people repose their trust in the government. At this crucial period, people around the world view their employer as the most trusted institution in their lives, according to the survey.

The people around the world place much more trust in their companies than their political leaders, according to a major survey that suggests a mood of uncertainty and pessimism.

The annual Edelman Trust Barometer shows only one in five people believe the economic, political and social system is working for them, while nearly 60 per cent think trade conflicts are hurting their companies and putting their jobs at risk.

The sense of gloom is strongest in developed markets led by Japan, where 84 per cent of the general public - excluding the ‘informed public’ who are college-educated, earn above-average incomes and consume news regularly - do not believe they will be better off in five years' time, followed by France at 79 per cent, Germany at 74 per cent and Britain at 72 per cent.

That is far above the average 49 per cent of the 27 countries examined in the research.

Amid low confidence that politicians will fix the problems, these people are turning to companies, with 75 per cent saying they trust "my employer", compared to 48 per cent for government and 47 per cent for the media.

"CEOs now have to be visible, show personal commitment, absolutely step into the void, because we've got a leadership void in the world," Richard Edelman, head of the communications marketing firm that commissioned the research, told reporters.