Ecuadorean President Rafael Correa debunked myths spread by media about the level of innovation in Ecuador. | Photo: Twitter / @ElCiudadano_ec
Published 20 August 2016
The Global Innovation Index circulating Ecuadorean media places the country deceptively low because it is based off of ideology and not science, said Ecuador’s president.
Neoliberal studies are a mental form of colonization, said Ecuadorean President Rafael Correa on Saturday.
Economic indexes, widely reprinted by media, intentionally show that developing countries are not progressing, he said. The studies are based on ideology and not science and are unfavorable to countries like Ecuador that have become more self-sufficient rather than importing.
Correa’s comments came shortly after national media circulated the Global Innovation Index by the World Intellectual Property Organization that lists Ecuador at 100 out of 128 countries.
The rankings are biased because they are based off of indicators that were decided by developed countries, said Ecuador’s Secretary of Higher Education, Science and Technology Rene Ramirez. The study also relies on data from 2011 and 2012, he said, so it is outdated and captures an inaccurate picture of the country.
Earlier this week, Ecuador inaugurated its first optical fiber cable factory, which will make it the leading supplier in the region as of 2019.