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GII: Mauritius leaves India and South Africa behind

GII: Mauritius leaves India and South Africa behind

In the latest report of the Global Innovation Index (GII)released today  for the year 2013, Mauritius has been ranked 53rd. Mauritius is ranked first in Sub-Saharan Africa, made up of a total of 32 countries, South Africa trailing behind, ranked at 58.  Mauritius, an island of 1.3 million people in the Indian Ocean, has the 3rd largest GDP per capita after Gabon and Bostswana, at PPP$15,621.6. It scores above the upper-middle countries’ average in the GII (53rd, down from 49th in 2012); the Input Sub-Index (60th); the Output Sub-Index (57th); and the Institutions (30th) and Creative outputs (31st) pillars.

However, important weaknesses are evident in Human capital and Research (95th), Infrastructure (101st), Business Sophistication (101st) and Knowledge and technology outputs (100th).

India dropped down according to this report, falling behind many smaller economies such as Cyprus (27th), Barbados (47th), Mauritius (53rd) and Armenia (59th).Nevertheless India is still ranked among the leaders in its region.

In the Sub-Saharan African region, five other countries achieved scored to land within the top 100 i.e. Uganda (89th), Bostwana (91st) and Kenya (99th). In addition, Uganda, Mali, Kenya, and Senegal have shown above-par performances, placing them among innovation learners- a commendable achievement for countries that have GDP per capita incomes below PPP$ 2,000.

The top two countries in the GII were Switzerland and Sweden (1 and 2), while regulars like the UK, The Netherlands, and US (3, 4 and 5) were joined in the top 10 by the Asian giants Hong Kong and Singapore (7 and 8), the other Nordic nations Finland and Denmark (6 and 9) and struggling Ireland (10).

The Global Innovation Index 2013: The Local Dynamics of Innovation is the result of collaboration between the Cornell University, INSEAD and the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) as co-publishers and their Knowledge Partners.

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