Kenya Ranked 3rd in Global Innovation Index in Sub-Saharan Africa

Global Innovation Index: Kenya ranks 3rd in Sub-Saharan Africa

China joined the world's top 20 most innovative economies for the first time while the United States fell out of the five top-ranked countries, according to a report released on Tuesday by one of its cosponsors, the United Nations' intellectual property agency.

The latest GII rankings, released in NY on Tuesday, put India at 57th position and China at 17th in 2018 as compared to their last year's rankings of 60th and 22nd respectively, giving insight into their innovation capabilities and results. Rounding out the GII 2018 top 10: The Netherlands, Sweden, the United Kingdom, Singapore, United States, Finland, Denmark, Germany and Ireland.

"In absolute values, and in areas such as research and development expenditures and the number of researchers, patents and publications, China is now first or second in the world, with volumes that overshadow most high-income economies", it read.

Now in its 11th edition, the index ranks 126 economies based on 80 indicators ranging from the creation of mobile applications to education spending, scientific and technical publications, and intellectual property filing rates.

A higher ranking in the report means better economic development and richer innovation-prone environments.

According to the report which ranked at least 126 countries, Kenya has since 2012 been achieving a high level of innovation with respect to its level of development and thus emerging 78th in the list.

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Despite being ranked on the lower end, India remains the top performer in the lower middle-income group, where it takes the secured fifth spot. Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, and Vietnam continue to move up the rankings, steering closer to regional powerhouses like China, Japan, Singapore, and South Korea.

India ranks well on a number of important indicators - productivity growth and exports of information and communication technology and services.

The report recommended that more investment be channelled towards the production of clean/green energy as it is projected that by 2040, the world will need about 30% more energy than it requires today.

"Given its size and innovation development, India has the potential to make a true difference to the global innovation landscape in the years to come".

This year's theme is "Energising the world with Innovation". "The Indian government and CII are working closely with the GII team to further improve the Indian innovation performance", said Chandrajit Banerjee, director general of the CII.

CII is GII's knowledge partner.

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