The Governance Index (essentially a sub-indicator of the Sustainable Competitiveness Index) relies on the quantitative data series – i.e., not the qualitative assessment of government systems – In addition, some aspects of the implications of the direction of government (human rights, freedom of the press, etc.) have been allocated.

The Index aims to assess the adequacy of a country’s regulatory framework and infrastructure environment to facilitate sustainable competitiveness, where the regulatory and infrastructure framework must enable a country’s natural, social and intellectual capital to thrive to generate and maintain new wealth.