Mauritius 1st on Global Innovation Index 2015 for Sub-Saharan Africa

Mauritius is ranked first in Sub-Saharan Africa on the Global Innovation Index (GII) 2015 and positions itself 49th globally.

The GII ranks the innovation performance of 141 countries and economies, that represent 95.1% of the world’s population and 98.6% of the world’s GDP (in current US dollars), and is based on 79 indicators.

The 2015 index highlights that in recent years, three Sub-Saharan African (over 32 countries) have reached positions in the upper half of the GII rankings: Mauritius is on the 49th this year; South Africa is 60th; and Seychelles is 65th while Kenya and Uganda are among a group of countries outperforming their economic peers.

The GII 2015 looks at ‘Effective Innovation Policies for Development’ and shows new ways that emerging-economy policymakers can boost innovation and spur growth by building on local strengths and ensuring the development of a sound national innovation environment.

The Mauritian Government has previously identified innovation as a key focus area in its strategy to drive the economy and create employment.

The GII 2015 explores the impact of innovation-oriented policies on economic growth and development. High-income and developing countries alike are seeking innovation-driven growth through different strategies. Some countries are successfully improving their innovation capacity, while others still struggle.

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