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PHL improves rank in 2015 Global Innovation Index

The Philippines is now 83rd among 141 countries on the 2015 Global Innovation Index (GII), moving 17 places up from last year's rankings, Malacañang said Saturday.

In an interview over government-run dzRB, Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda said the rise in rank could be attributed to "prudent management and reform efforts" by the government in the past year.

"The administration will continue to pursue inclusivity for all Filipinos, regardless of class or gender, toward a country of equal opportunities and possible dreams," he said.

Last year, the Philippines dropped 10 places in the GII, ranking 100th based on the World Intellectual Property Organization's annual report.

WIPO's 2015 report showed the Philippines ranking low in education (132) and human capital and research (121), but performed admirably in knowledge diffusion (31) and trade and competition (47).

Also, Lacierda said the Philippines is improving in its competitiveness in tourism, as the government continues to make tourist spots more accessible and profitable to local communities.

"We continue to invest in a number of infrastructures toward developing and making our tourist spots more accessible, as well as providing livelihood to the residents, to the communities near those tourism areas," he said.

Every year, the WIPO ranks economies according to their innovation capabilities and results to provide data for policies promoting "long-term output growth, improved productivity, and job growth."

The GII 2015: Effective Innovation Policies for Development is the result of a collaboration between Cornell University, INSEAD, and the WIPO as co-publishers, and their Knowledge Partners.

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