COLOMBO: Sri Lanka, and its President Gotabaya Rajapaksa have been ranked 9th in the Global Response to Infectious Diseases (GRID) index.
The GRID index is designed to rank how efficiently and effectively the leadership of the country and the preparedness of its health system were in tackling the COVID-19 pandemic.
The results are published in a paper titled GRIDTM Index: Tracking the Global Leadership Response in the COVID-19 Crisis by the Institute of Certified Management Accountants (Australia) (ICMA).
New Zealand and its leader Jacinta Arden have been ranked first in the GRID index. The U.S., led by President Donald Trump in its COVID-19 responses fares abysmally in the rankings.
Other countries that did well in the GRID Index were Singapore, Iceland, Finland, Norway, Canada, South Korea, Hong Kong, , the UAE, Japan and Taiwan.