African countries have failed to appear in a top 25 list of an annual survey titled the 2018 Global Talent Competitiveness Index (GTCI).
The report found that Switzerland still leads the way in terms of talent competitiveness, followed by Singapore and the United States.
In general, European countries continue to dominate the GTCI rankings, with 15 in the top 25.
This year’s edition also revealed that the top ten countries have several key characteristics in common and share one major feature: they all have a well-developed educational system providing the social and collaboration skills needed for employability in today’s labour market.
Efforts in education (compared to GDP per capita) are high in Africa (Botswana is 1st, Lesotho 2nd, Senegal 5th) showing that the challenges have been correctly identified in that area, though the effectiveness of those investments can still be improved.