Viet Nam ranks 48th in 2022 Global Innovation Index

October, 06/2022 - 20:16
Việt Nam is among the record-holders for outperforming in innovation for the 12th year in a row.
IoT (Internet of Things) Innovation Hub at Hòa Lạc Hi-tech Park in Hà Nội. VNA/VNS Photo Anh Tuấn

HÀ NỘI — Việt Nam is placed 48th among 132 economies in the Global Innovation Index 2022. 

The country also ranks 2nd out of 36 economies in the lower middle-income group, with a performance above expectation for the level of development. 

Việt Nam continues to score above the lower middle-income group average in all innovation pillars, and even achieves the same result when compared to the average of the upper-middle-income group, apart from human capital and research. 

It ranks first worldwide in high-tech imports.

Region-wise, Việt Nam is placed 10th among the 17 economies in Southeast Asia, East Asia, and Oceania.

It is also included in the middle-income economies with the fastest innovation catch-up to date. 

Việt Nam is among the record-holders for outperforming in innovation for the 12th year in a row, alongside India, Kenya, and the Republic of Moldova. 

Specifically, the Southeast Asian country performed best in creative outputs and weakest in human capital and research. 

However, a slight fallback is witnessed, which emphasised the importance of sustaining innovation efforts over time. 

Previously, Việt Nam ranked 44th in 2021 and 42nd in 2020. 

Việt Nam's rankings in the Global Innovation Index in the past three years. Photo courtesy of World Intellectual Property Organisation

This year, the first place continues to belong to Switzerland, followed by the US in second and Sweden in third. 

Published by the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO), a specialised agency under the United Nations, the GII tracks the current state of innovation globally and ranks the innovative performance of 132 countries.

The 2022 focus is on the future of innovation-driven growth, analysing global innovation trends against the background of an ongoing pandemic, a slowing of productivity growth and other evolving challenges.

Two innovation waves in particular are identified as having the greatest potential to improve productivity and change lives for the better – the Digital Age and Deep Science.

Responses from WIPO member states last year revealed that more than 75 countries use the GII either to improve their innovation ecosystem, strengthen innovation metrics, or as a specific reference in economic policymaking. — VNS