Singapore is fifth in 2018's Global Innovation Index

Cornelia Mascio
Luglio 12, 2018

Kenya was ranked third in Sub-Saharan Africa in the Global Innovation Index (GII) 2018.

Kenya was noted to have achieved high levels of innovation relative to its level of development, continuously since 2011.

The report, co-published by the World Intellectual Property Organization, Cornell University and the business school INSEAD, studies the innovation performance of 126 economies around the world. The theme of this year's edition is "Energizing the World with Innovation".

Other strong indicators were access to credit, market capitalization, university and industry research collaborations, cluster development and intellectual property payments.

The country was also noted to have improved in the quality of its science papers and its universities, especially for the University of Cape Town, the University of Witwatersrand and Stellenbosch University.

Mauritius which is second in the region has particular strengths in political stability and safety, government funding of secondary students, efficiency of energy use and trade.

In the overall global ranking, Singapore ranked behind Switzerland, the Netherlands, Sweden and the United Kingdom, and beat the USA (which fell from fourth place last year), Finland, Denmark and Germany.

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Francis Gurry, director general of the UN World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO), said China's ranking represented a breakthrough for its economy, which was rapidly transforming and prioritising research and ingenuity.

While the United States fell back to number six in the GII 2018, it is an innovation powerhouse that has produced numerous world's leading hi-tech firms and life-changing innovations. "It heralds the arrival of multipolar innovation".

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