IPOPHL’s response to Philippines’ one-notch drop in the Global Innovation IndexAAA IPRIGHT2
Due to the lower ranking in the Global Innovation Index 2021, the Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines (IPOPHL) has requested government, business, and academia, as well as the creation of multi-sectoral task groups to work closer together and develop the country in a harmonious way, upranking the country in future Global Innovation Index.
Philippines’ rank in the Global Innovation Index 2021
Drawing on 81 different indicators, the 2021 edition of the Global Innovation Index (GII) provides the latest change in the global innovation rankings of 132 economies. While tracking the most recent global innovation trends, this publication also focuses on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on innovation worldwide.
The Philippines has always been one of the most prominent countries in South East Asia. However, in 2021, this country has met a difficult obstacle when its ranking in the Global Innovation Index has stepped down a notch, from the 50th position to the 51st position, out of the top 50 countries.
IPOPHL’s response to Philippines’ one-notch drop in the Global Innovation Index
In 2019, the Philippines ranked 54 in the Global Innovation Index. In 2020, the country has risen up dramatically and made it to the Top 50, although still at the bottom of the list.
However, in 2021, the Philippines couldn’t keep up with its performance during the past years and fallen down one notch.
Dropping one position seems to be not a big deal in other countries, especially in the Covid-19 context when every country is experiencing difficulties at different levels.
However, for the Philippines, it’s special because they have fallen from the Top 50 Most innovative countries in the entire world.
Accordingly, the slight downturn has prompted IPOPHL to call for strengthened collaboration among the government, corporations, and the academic sector. IPOPHL also pushed to form multi-sectoral task forces to address and fix, elevate the areas of weakness identified in the GII report.
According to IPOPHL Director General Rowel S. Barba, the National Innovation Council (NIC) may benefit from the Department of Trade and Industry’s prior work on the World Bank’s Doing Business (DB) Survey.
Director-General Rowel S. Barba has given his response to the country’s one notch drop in the Global Innovation Index at an inter-agency virtual press conference on the Philippine GII 2021 held Tuesday: “As a member of the NIC, IPOPHL is advocating for the formation of task forces to address areas that are weighing us down in our GII performance, such as Institutions, Human Capital and Research, Infrastructure, and Market Sophistication.”
He also added: “[A task force] contributed to the Philippines rising 29 places to 95th out of 190 economies in 2020, the best ranking the nation has ever achieved in the DB. The NIC should follow suit, and we could not only improve our GII rating but also bring the country closer to the cutting edge of innovation.”
Discussing the role of IPOPHL in this campaign, Barba has stated: “Our agency is ready to help enhance this area with our initiative to capacitate the patent search, analysis, and drafting skills of numerous universities, colleges, and research institutions.”
Lastly, Barba also emphasized the importance of the country’s knowledge economy, warning that ‘Filipinos’ works will never be completed and the country will never rise, become greater in the world stage if we do not direct more resources and attention to innovation, creativity, and intellectual property (IP).
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