What is the Rank of India in Commonwealth Innovation Index 2020?

The Commonwealth Innovation Index is based on the World Intellectual Property Organisation’s Global Innovation Index for 2020. India holds 9th rank in Commonwealth Innovation Index 2020 while in Global Innovation Index the rank of India for 2020 is 48th. Know in detail about the Global Innovation Index on the linked page.

Indian was ranked in 10th position as per the data released on 16th April 2018. The index was launched on the sidelines of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting.  Aspirants would find this topic very helpful in the IAS Exam.

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Who Topped the Commonwealth Innovation Index in 2020?

The top 5 ranks in the Commonwealth Innovation Index were occupied by- 

  1. United Kingdom
  2. Singapore 
  3. Canada
  4. Australia 
  5. New Zealand. 

The World Intellectual Property Organisation’s Global Innovation Index for 2020 shows that approximately 31% of Commonwealth countries improved their ranking in the index in comparison with the 2019 index.

Due to lack of sufficient data only 29 Commonwealth countries feature in the index. Out of 29 countries, Cameroon, Zambia and Mozambique respectively are the bottom three countries in the ranking.

The table below highlights the rank of India in Commonwealth Innovation Index for past three years-

Ranks 2020 2019 2018
1st United Kingdom United Kingdom Australia
2nd Singapore Singapore United Kingdom
3rd Canada Canada Singapore

Commonwealth Innovation Index – Highlights

  1. GIF would act as a delivery partner for hosting a new Commonwealth Innovation Fund (CIF).
  2. The Commonwealth Secretariat is partnering with 31 other organisations for the ‘eTrade for All’ initiative, including the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) and the International Labour Organisation (ILO). The e-commerce scheme works to leverage the expertise and resources of all partners to ensure no one is left behind in the digital economy and includes programmes such as eTrade Readiness Assessments and the eTrade for Women initiative.
  3. With most Commonwealth countries in a state of lockdown due to COVID-19, Commonwealth of Learning has launched three massive open online courses (MOOCs) on agriculture. Close to 24,500 learners from 30 countries have signed up for the MOOCs. learn more on MOOCs on the page link provided here.
  4. Four outstanding young people from around the Commonwealth have won the 2020 Commonwealth Youth Awards for innovative projects that are delivering sustainable development in their countries.
    • Africa and Europe: Galabuzi Brian Kakembo, Uganda, turning plastics into eco-friendly briquettes (focus on SDG 8: decent work and economic growth)
    • Asia: Hafiz Usama Tanveer, Pakistan, bringing clean water to poor communities (focus on SDG 6: clean water and sanitation)
    • The Caribbean and Canada: Sowmyan Jegatheesan, Canada, providing one-stop information to prevent human-wildlife conflict (focus on SDG 15: life on land);
    • The Pacific: Sagufta Salma, Fiji, transforming waste into sustainable furniture (focus on SDG 12: responsible consumption and production).
  5. The Commonwealth Parliamentary Association Masterclasses are a new online resource to assist lawmakers and parliamentary staff in their professional development. CPA Masterclasses are concise video briefings on a particular subject or topic such as gender and trade. They aim to build parliamentary capacity and knowledge.

What is the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM)?

  1. It is a meeting held once in 2 years of the heads of Government from all Commonwealth nations.
  2. The first meeting was held in 1971.
  3. Every two years the meeting is held in different countries and the nations respective Prime Minister or President becomes the chair of the meeting.

Aspirants can read similar notes on other world indices that are mentioned in the linked articles below:

Global Peace Index  Global Hunger Index
World Risk Index Global Slavery Index
Global Talent Competitiveness Index World Press Freedom Index
Inclusive Development Index Global Indices and India’s Ranking
India Youth Development Index Human Capital Index
FDI Confidence Index International Organizations & Their Headquarters

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