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Technology And Innovation Report 2021

Technology And Innovation Report 2021:

India was the biggest ‘overperformer’ in frontier technologies than the country’s per capita Gross Domestic Products (GDP) would suggest, according to a recent country-readiness index of the Technology And Innovation Report 2021.

  • The report was released by the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD).
  • The report examines the likelihood of frontier technologies widening existing inequalities and creating new ones.
  • It also addresses the national and international policies, instruments and institutional reforms that are needed to create a more equal world of opportunity for all, leaving no one behind.
  • Frontier Tech Market: The report shows that frontier technologies already represent a USD 350 billion market, which could grow to USD 3.2 trillion by 2025.
  • It calls for strengthened international cooperation to build innovation capacities in developing countries, facilitate technology transfer.
  • Envisages increase women’s participation in digital sectors, conduct technological assessments, and promote an inclusive debate on the impact of frontier technologies on sustainable development.
  • India’s actual index ranking is 43, while the estimated one based on per capita income is 108.
  • This meant that India overperformed other countries by 65 ranking positions.
  • India was followed by the Philippines, which overperformed by 57 ranking positions.
  • India performed well in research and development.
  • This is reflected in its abundant supplies of qualified and highly skilled human resources available at a comparatively low cost.
  • However, countries such as the United States, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom were “best prepared” for frontier technologies.

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