"We are happy that India has made a significant progress from 81 rank in 2015 to 52 in 2019 as revealed in the Global Innovation Index (GII) report of 2019 and that the culture of innovation is occupying the centre stage of Indian economy", said Mr Piyush Goyal, Hon’ble Minister of Commerce and Industry and Railways, Government of India. He further stated that as the 6th largest economy in the world and soon aspiring to reach the 3rd spot, India has recorded the fastest jump in innovation index in 5 years. He highlighted that today 37 out of 40 GII top ranks are held by higher income countries. India would like to seek help from WIPO for improving government role and IPR culture to accomplish better, brighter and more prosperous future for all Indians. He stated that the Indian Government will work as the facilitator, not as the regulator for fostering an innovation culture in the country.
Quoting from the great Hindu religious text of Upanshad, the Minister mentioned that as the bees and birds always move forward, mankind needs to also move forward for ushering in progress and prosperity for humanity.
He talked about the mammoth and ambitious healthcare programme of Government of India, Ayushman Bharat, which not only promises curative but also preventative healthcare of citizens of India.
He emphasized on four actions as mentioned by Hon’ble Prime Minister of India such as innovation leading to patents, production of patented technologies, thus ensuring prosperities of people.
He sincerely wished that India should soon be positioned within top 25 innovative nations, as envisioned by Hon’ble Prime Minister and eventually should be rank within top 10 countries.
The Minister was addressing Launch Session of the Climate Global Launch of Global Innovation Index 2019 held on 24 July 2019 at New Delhi.