CARACAS, Wednesday November 18, 2009 | Update
Venezuela is one of the less innovative economies in the world, according to The Innovation for Development Report 2009-2010, released on Wednesday by the European Business School.
According to the report, Venezuela ranks 102 of the 131 countries covered in the report. The Innovation Capacity Index (ICI) reports that the Venezuelan economy scored 40.9, less than half of Sweden's score, which stood out as the "most innovative economy" in the world.
The institutional environment, human capital endowment, the presence of social inclusion, the regulatory and legal framework, the infrastructure for research and development, and the adoption and use of information and communication technologies, are some of the over 60 factors included in the study.
In Latin America, Venezuela's economic performance is in bad shape, since it only ranked better than Haiti.
Chile, which scored 59.4 ranked 29th, and is far ahead of any other country in Latin America. "Chile is presented as an interesting case, proving that sound policies and good institutions are not the result, but rather the engines for, the creation of wealth and prosperity," the report says.
For its part, Uruguay, which is ranked 49, is the second most innovative economy in Latin America. Mexico (61), Argentina (66) and Brazil (87) complete the list of best qualified Latin American countries.
02:57 PM. HEAVY RAINS. Venezuelan Executive Vice-President Elias Jaua reported that the government is designing plans to support farmers, cattlemen and peasants of the state of Mérida who have been hit by heavy rains that have caused crop losses.