A report released December 24th by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) has ranked Kenya 6th in Africa for global innovation.
The report further stated that Kenya managed to score 22.7 points out of 100, placing them 13th in the lower middle-income bracket of countries worldwide.
Mauritius scored the highest (34.4 points) among African countries followed by South Africa, Tunisia, Morocco, Botswana, and Kenya. In East Africa, Kenya ranked highest with Rwanda ranking 11th in Africa according to the annual report released by WIPO.
On the global scale, Kenya dropped to rank 88th which is three positions short of its previous ranking. Switzerland emerged as number one followed by the United States and Sweden as the most advanced country in the world.
This comes shortly after Jamhuri Day celebrations on Monday, December 12th themed “Connect, Innovate, and Inspire” promoted technology and innovation in the country.
President William Ruto used this year’s ICT-themed celebrations to invite technology leaders worldwide from Facebook and Google.
“I deliberately decided that this year’s Jamhuri Day is going to be profiled properly and themed as the innovation Jamhuri Day,” Ruto stated.
He went on to emphasize the importance of innovation highlighting how it can create employment, generate wealth and boost productivity in the country.