It shouldn't come as a big surprise that most Latin American countries ranked toward the bottom of a new U.N. index of innovation. What's surprising - and depressing - is that, with a few exceptions, they are not even making the list's sub-group of "innovation learners."
The massive new study titled "Global Innovation Index 2012," done jointly by the
It's a key indicator of countries' future: in a knowledge-based global economy, where companies that invent new products - such as
According to the new "Global Innovation Index 2012," the 10 top world leaders in innovation are
The ranking takes into account not only countries' new patent registrations - an area in which
Among the study's data:
- No Latin American country, with the exception of
- A sub-index that divides the world among innovation "leaders," "learners" and "underperformers," according to countries' per capita income levels and efforts to improve their innovation standings, places
- The group of "innovation learners" includes
In addition, the quality of education in the region is often poor, especially in scientific areas, and in many countries there is little credit available for new ventures, he said.
Asked about whether the "underperformers" are oblivious to the growing economic importance of innovation, education, science and technology, Dutta said, "
My opinion: I have to confess that I scratched my head when I saw
Much like happens with the international standardized
Fortunately, some - including
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- Mexico's Movement for Real Democracy
- Chinese Interest in Latin America's Growth
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