Mauritius Emerged as the Most Talent-Competitive Country in Africa

According to the Global Talent Competitiveness Index (GTCI) 2023, Mauritius has emerged as the most talent-competitive country in Sub-Saharan Africa.

The GTCI 2023 assesses how countries and cities develop, attract, and retain talent. It also serves as a one-of-a-kind resource for decision-makers seeking to comprehend the global talent competitiveness landscape and devise strategies to grow their economies.

The analysis, titled “What a difference ten years make – and what to expect for the next decade,” indicated that Sub-Saharan Africa falls behind all other regions, with talent retention being the region’s weakest pillar.

On the plus side, the research states that eight Sub-Saharan African countries are classified in the third quartile globally, with only one country—Mauritius (49th)—ranking in the second quartile.

Since its initial participation in 2017, Mauritius has regularly placed higher than the GTCI median. The best performances of the country are in the pillars of enabling and recruiting talent.

South Africa, ranked 68th, performs particularly well in the Attract and Enable pillars, but faces substantial hurdles in closing skills gaps and improving its performance in the Vocational and Technical Skills pillar.

Botswana (73rd) is the region’s third-best performer, having improved over the GTCI’s first decade, albeit its relative position has declined significantly in the last three years.

Globally, Switzerland, Singapore, and the United States continue to hold the top positions as the most talent competitive countries. The remaining Top 10 countries are Denmark, the Netherlands, Finland, Norway, Australia, Sweden, and the United Kingdom.

CountryGlobal Rank
South Africa68
Cabo Verde78


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