This week, I came across theGlobal Innovation Index, (GII) a study from Cornell, INSEAD and the World Intellectual Property Organisation that ranks economies in terms of their levels of innovation. Imagine my surprise when I noticed that the UK is currently in third place, ahead of the USA and other innovation darlings such as Finland and Singapore.
The movement for transparency and openness in government took decisive steps forward last week. As lead co-chair of the Open Government Partnership, the UK hosted the first ministerial level meeting in Britain of this growing international initiative. But this meeting wasn't just symbolically significant. We put in place key measures that will help move the OGP from fine words to accountable actions.