The recently released (GII) 2016 has ranked Nigeria 114th out of 128 countries globally surveyed and considered to be innovating and thinking ahead. The 423-page document showed that about 19 countries including Mauritius, South Africa, Morocco, Tunisia, Kenya, Rwanda, Malawi, Uganda, Tanzania, Ghana, among others in Africa are investing in innovation and are far ahead of Nigeria.
The ranking placed Nigeria slightly above Benin Republic, Burkina Faso, Niger, Cameroun, Zambia, Togo and Guinea in terms of innovation.
The report, which claimed that Nigeria was performing below its level of development, said Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Rwanda, and Uganda stand out for being innovation achievers at least four times in the past five years.
The GII puts Information and Communications Technology (ICT) access and use in Nigeria at 28.2 per cent and 18. 1 per cent respectively, with government’s online service and e-participation put at 30.7 per cent and 33.3 per cent respectively, which it described as low.
According to the report, ICT access and use in Nigeria stand at 28.2 per cent and 18. 1 per cent respectively, with government’s online service and e-participation at 30.7 per cent and 33.3 per cent respectively, which it described as low.
The report further noted that the relatively strong performance in innovation Africa is neither uniform across all economies nor is future success guaranteed. Economic forecasts, such as that of the International Monetary Fund, suggest that, after a prolonged period of strong economic growth, Africa will face an economic slowdown, partly as a result of a sharp decline in commodity prices.
“It is notable that in some oil-importing African nations—particularly some in East Africa, such as Kenya and Rwanda—stand out as innovation achievers. As these and other innovation achievers noted above get caught up in a greater economic slowdown, it will be important for them to preserve their current innovation momentum. Other countries in Africa have to redouble their innovation efforts in order to grow and move away from relying on oil and commodity revenues alone”, the report stated.
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