Bangladesh has emerged as the least innovative country in Asia while Singapore has been placed on the top spot.
According to the Global Innovation Index 2018, Bangladesh ranked 17 among the Asian Countries.
The other least innovative countries are--Pakistan, Nepal, Cambodia, Sri Lanka, Indonesia, and the Philippines. Although Brunei is a high-income country the innovative input score is very less. It is ranked tenth in Asia.
Singapore, South Korea, and Japan are the most innovative countries in Asia whereas Pakistan and Bangladesh are the least innovative, according to the Global Innovation Index 2018 report.
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South East Asia is in the third place globally in terms of innovation. Singapore leads the region with a high score in most of the indicators. Globally it has moved two positions up since last year.
South Korea is also among the high-income countries that has increased investment in innovation and is ranked second in Asia. The country has not only increased the investment but also “improved its performance in the quality of its scientific publications and the quality of its universities,” It is followed by Japan that is ranked third in Asia.
China is ranked fourth in Asia. The country has been on a dynamic innovation trajectory. China’s innovation prowess has been evident in its global R&D companies, high-tech imports, the quality of its publications, and tertiary enrolment.
It is followed by Malaysia which is ranked fifth in Asia and is one is one of the middle-income countries that is edging closer. This year it moved ahead in the rankings with strengths in Tertiary education, Knowledge diffusion, and Creative goods and services.
Thailand ranked sixth has outperformed on innovation relative to its development, according to the report. It is followed by Vietnam and Mongolia ranked seventh and eighth in Asia respectively.
India ranked ninth in Asia is also seen as an overachiever in relation to its development. As per the report, India is one such country that makes a significant change in the innovation landscape.