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Top African Countries Excelling in Attracting and Retaining Talent


The Global Talent Competitiveness Index (GTCI)  has identified Mauritius, South Africa, and Botswana as the most talent-competitive countries in Sub-Saharan Africa.

The GTCI, which measures how countries and cities grow, attract, and retain talent, serves as a crucial resource for decision-makers aiming to understand the global talent competitiveness landscape and develop strategies to enhance their economies.

Key Findings of the GTCI 2023 Report

Titled “What a Difference Ten Years Make – and What to Expect for the Next Decade,” the report highlights Sub-Saharan Africa’s position as the weakest region in terms of talent retention.

Despite this, eight countries from the region rank in the third quartile globally, with Mauritius standing out by entering the second quartile.

Mauritius: A Consistent Performer

Mauritius has maintained a ranking above the GTCI median since its inclusion in 2017. The country’s success is attributed to its strong performance in enabling and attracting talent.

South Africa’s Strong Points and Challenges

South Africa, ranked 68th globally, excels in the Attract and Enable pillars. However, the country faces challenges related to skills gaps and improving its performance in the Vocational and Technical Skills pillar.

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Botswana’s Steady Improvement

Botswana, ranked 73rd globally, has shown improvement over the past decade, though its relative position has slightly declined in recent years.

Global Leaders in Talent Competitiveness

Switzerland, Singapore, and the United States continue to lead globally in talent competitiveness. Denmark, the Netherlands, Finland, Norway, Australia, Sweden, and the United Kingdom complete the top 10 list.

Top African Countries Excelling in Attracting and Retaining Talent

  • Mauritius (51)
  • South Africa (68)
  • Botswana (73)
  • Cabo Verde (78)
  • Namibia (93)
  • Ghana (95)
  • Gambia (97)
  • Kenya (98)
  • Eswatini (100)
  • Zambia (108)




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