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Global Innovation Index 2020 : Morocco, ranked 5th in the Arab world and 4th in Africa

Morocco lost one spot in the Global Innovation index. In this ranking published annually by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), it is now 75th out of 131 countries.

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Morocco ranks 75th among 131 countries in the World Intellectual Property Organization, with 28.97 points out of 100. Last year, the Kingdom was ranked 74th out of 129 countries by the same report conducted in partnership with Cornell University and the European Institute of Business Administration.

The Global Innovation index, published this year with the theme of «Financing innovation», provides a better understanding of the means of stimulating innovation activity for better economic and human development. It ranks 131 economies through 80 sub-indices, spread over seven main indicators : institutions, human capital and research, infrastructure, market sophistication, business sophistication, knowledge and technology outputs and the creative outputs.

Morocco ranked 77th in institutions, 107th in business sophistication, 81st in human capital and research, 60th in knowledge and technology outputs, 71st in infrastructure, 75th in creative outputs and 88th in market sophistication.

4th in Africa

In the Arab world, Morocco ranks fifth, behind the United Arab Emirates (34th in the world), Tunisia (65th), Saudi Arabia (66th) and Qatar (70th). In the whole MENA region, the country does slightly better than Kuwait (78th) and Bahrain (79th), and is ahead of Jordan (81st), Oman (84th), Lebanon (87th), Egypt (96th) and Algeria (121st). Morocco is also ranked fourth in Africa, behind Mauritius (52nd), South Africa (60th) and Tunisia (65th).

Internationally, Switzerland remains the most innovative country in the world, followed by Sweden in the second place, then the United States, the United Kingdom and the Netherlands. This world ranking is closed by Ethiopia, ranked 127th, followed by Niger (128th), Myanmar (129th), the Republic of Guinea (130th) and Yemen in the last position.

The 2020 Global innovation index has attempted to shed light on the state of innovation financing, from the point of view of the evolution of existing mechanisms in each country and, thereby, show the strengths and the weaknesses of each country in this area. The Global Innovation index has become a measurement tool that can facilitate synergies in terms of innovation, especially between the public and private sectors. Through its data, it allows policy makers and investors in the sector to assess progress on an annual basis.

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