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Kenya Is The Third Most Innovative Country In Africa


Nairobi — Kenya has been ranked the third most innovative country in Sub Saharan Africa according to the Global Innovative Index (GII) 2018 alongside South Africa and Mauritius.

The GII is a detailed quantitative tool that helps global decision-makers better understand how to stimulate the innovative activity that drives economic and human development.

According to the index, Kenya’s strengths include access to credit especially microfinance loans, innovation linkages and exports of creative services, workforce efficiency, printing and other media. Each year, the GII surveys some 130 economies using dozens of metrics, from patent filings to education spending. The rankings “capture elements of the national economy that enable innovative activities” (such as human capital and research, infrastructure, and market sophistication) as well as “the results of innovative activities within the economy.”

Kenya was ranked third most innovative in Sub-Saharan Africa and 80th overall out of 127 economies. Kenya was also listed among a group of nations including India and Viet Nam that are outperforming their development- level peers in Europe and South East Asia, East Asia and Oceania.

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