Kenya has been ranked the third most innovative country in the Sub-Saharan Africa after South Africa and Mauritius. This is according to the Global Innovative Index 2017 which is co-authored by Cornell University, INSEAD and the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO).
Switzerland led the rankings for the seventh consecutive year, with high-income economies taking 24 of the top 25 spots - China is the exception at 22. "A group of middle and lower-income economies perform significantly better on innovation than their current level of development would predict," the report says.
Sub-Saharan Africa draws its highest scores in institutions and market sophistication, where economies such as Mauritius, Botswana, South Africa, Namibia, Rwanda, and Burkina Faso perform on par or better than some of their development-level peers in Europe and South East Asia, East Asia and Oceania.
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