Switzerland topped the list of the most innovative countries in the world, followed by Sweden and then the United States, according to the Global Innovation Index (GII).
This year's Index - which covers 132 economies around the world - found that investment in innovation has shown great resilience during the pandemic, but that it is still too early to say which economic, social and political behavioral changes will remain in the long term.
Despite the human toll and economic shock from the pandemic, scientific outcomes and spending on research and development continued to grow during 2020, but the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) warned that the impact of the crisis was very uneven across industries and countries.
The index measures innovation – which is the result of a collaboration between WIPO and the Botulance Institute with corporate and academic partners – in a country based on its innovative inputs such as national spending on research and development, higher education, the regulatory environment and infrastructure, along with innovation outcomes such as intellectual property. .
The UAE ranked first among the Arab countries, and ranked thirty-third around the world. Saudi Arabia ranked 66th on the list, Qatar 68th, Kuwait 72nd, Oman 76th, Morocco 77th, and Bahrain 78th.
The Most innovative Countries in The World For 2021