Namibia 9th most innovative economy in Africa

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Namibia has been ranked 9th among the top-10 innovative economies in Africa in the 16th edition of the Global Innovation Index (GII) report of 2023.

This is according to a statement by the Ministry of Higher Education, Technology and Innovation.

“Mauritius is ranked first, followed by South Africa, Morocco, Tunisia, Botswana, Egypt, Cape Verde, Senegal and Namibia,” the statement reads.

It says Namibia is ranked 96th globally, retaining the same position it held in 2022.

The 2023 GII report ranks the innovation performance of 132 economies, showcasing their innovation strengths and weaknesses, as well as highlighting gaps in innovation metrics.

“We continue our efforts to ensure the National System of Innovation of Namibia is impeccable to reach the target set for the fifth National Development Plan to be aligned with the upcoming NDP6,” the statement reads.

The reports have been produced annually since 2007, and are aimed at providing data on innovation to assist policymakers in evaluating their innovation performance and make innovation policy decisions.

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