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Minister of Commerce & Industry to Launch GII

Published on July 24, 2019
Current context: Global Innovation Index (GII) is to be launched by Union Minister of Commerce & Industry and Railways, Piyush Goyal in New Delhi on 24th July 2019.
Minister of Commerce & Industry to Launch GII
  • The GII 2019, would rank 130 countries on the basis of more than 80 indicators analysing various aspects of innovation.
  • This is the first time that the GII is being launched in an emerging economy.
  • The event is co-hosted by the Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT), World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) and Confederation of Indian Industry (CII).
  • India’s performance in the GII is rising with a jump of 24 places in 4 years: India’s position was 81 in 2015, rose to 66th position in 2016, ranked 60th in 2017 and in 2018 achieved the 57th position in the GII.
  • The GII 2019 theme is Creating Healthy Lives - The Future of Medical Innovation, which aims to explore the role of medical innovation in shaping the future of healthcare.
  • Every year since 2011, India has been ranked as the most innovative country in the Central and Southern Asia Region.
  • The first India innovation index with focus on ranking Indian states was conceptualized in 2017 in collaboration with WIPO.

Key Facts:

  • Published By- Cornell University, INSEAD and the UN World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) every year.
  • The country topped GII 2019: Switzerland.
  • The latest edition of GII ranking (2019)- 12th edition.
  • Aim: To help the policymakers to understand stimulating innovative activity.
  • India’s performance: India has moved up 29 positions in 5 years, from 81st in 2015 to 52nd in 2019.
  • Best areas of India’s performance: science and engineering, quality of universities, global R&D companies’ expenditure and market sophistication.
  • Lagged areas: education, females employed with advanced degrees, ecological sustainability, ICT access and use and environmental performance.
  • This year’s uniqueness: For the first time, GII has been launched in Asia or in an emerging economy i.e. India.


Q.1 What is the theme of the Global Innovation Index 2019?
a. Creating Innovative ideas- The Future Innovation
b. Creating Healthy Lives - The Future of Medical Innovation
c. Live to Elders- Future of Medical Innovation
d. Creating Child and Mother lives-The Future of Medical Innovation

Q.2 Which country has topped the Global Innovation Index 2019?
a. France
b. Germany
c. USA
d. Switzerland

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