NL rises on global innovation scale
LONDON ~ The Netherlands is the world’s 4th most innovative economy, up from 5th place a year ago, according to the 2015 Global Innovation Index that is compiled annually by the World Intellectual Property Institute.
In releasing the 2015 ranking on Sept. 17, Francis Gurry, director general of the World Intellectual Property Organization, said innovation holds the “far-reaching promise for spurring economic growth.” But, he added, “realizing this promise is not automatic” if governments do not enact “the right mix of policies to mobilize the innate innovative and creative potential in their economies.”
Topping the 2015 top-innovators list is _ unchanged from 2014 _ Switzerland, followed by the UK and Sweden (also 2nd and 3rd in 2014) and the Netherlands. The rest: 5-US (6); 6–Finland (4); 7-Singapore (7); 8-Ireland (11); 9-Luxembourg and 10-Denmark (8). The annual index is published by the Geneva-based WIPO together with Cornell University (USA), the INSEAD graduate business school (France).