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Daily Current Affairs – 2020

Topic: For Prelims and Mains

Global Talent Competitiveness Index (GTCI)

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India has climbed eight places to 72nd rank in the 2020 Global Talent Competitiveness Index (GTCI), which was topped by Switzerland, the US and Singapore.

More about the Index :

  • The Global Talent Competitiveness Index (GTCI) report is compiled by INSEAD in collaboration with human resource firm Addeco and Google.
  • INSEAD is one of the world’s leading and largest graduate business schools with locations all over the world and alliances with top institutions.
  • It is an annual benchmarking report that measures and ranks countries based on their ability to grow attract and retain talent.
  • This is the seventh edition of the Global Talent Competitiveness Index (GTCI) report.
  • Theme for 2020 Edition was ‘Global Talent in the Age of Artificial Intelligence’.
  • This year’s GTCI report explores how the development of artificial intelligence (AI) is not only changing the nature of work but also forcing a re-evaluation of workplace practices, corporate structures and innovation ecosystems.


World Scenario :

  • Switzerland topped the list of 132 nations, followed by the United States and Singapore.
  • Report noted that the gap between high income, talent-rich nations and the rest of the world is widening.
  • More than half of the population in the developing world lack basic digital skills.
  • Sweden (4th), Denmark (5th), the Netherlands (6th), Finland (7th), Luxembourg (8th), Norway (9th) and Australia (10th) complete the top 10 league table.
  • In the BRICS grouping, China was ranked 42nd, Russia (48th), South Africa (70th) and Brazil at 80th position.


Case of India :

  • India ranks 72 in the Index.
  • India’s key strength relates to growing (44th) talent, primarily by virtue of the possibilities for Lifelong Learning and Access to Growth Opportunities.
  • Its highest-ranked sub-pillar, however, is Employability (28th), but the ability to match labour market demand and supply stands in contrast to the country’s poor Mid-Level Skills, which result in a mediocre score in Vocational and Technical Skills.
  • India’s greatest challenge is to address its weak ability to attract and retain talent.
  • With regard to the former pillar, there is a need to strengthen the role of minorities and women in order to raise the level of Internal Openness.

Fact for Prelims

Sagarmatha Sambaad :

  • Sagarmatha Sambaad is the first ever multi-stakeholder diplomatic initiative of Nepal.
  • Leaders of the member countries of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) and other global leaders are invited for the event.
  • The event will be focusing on the threat of climate change to the modern world.
  • Given the large number of global leaders, the event is expected to serve as a venue for bilateral interaction among leaders from various countries.
  • The event is planned on April 2-4, 2020 which will highlight Nepal’s ability to assert its point of view before the global audience.


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