12 propositions for action to promote innovation in the Mediterranean

29 Nov, 2012

In a globalised economy, developing innovation is a key factor in creating and securing jobs, especially in times of crisis. The Marseille Centre for Mediterranean Integration (CMI) through the IT1 programme, coordinated by the European Investment Bank (EIB) with the support of the European Commission (DG Research), answers this challenge: the CMI releases a study on the « Promoting innovation in the Mediterranean » with 12 propositions for concrete actions in order to foster the development of high performance innovation ecosystems on the regional level.
Produced by ANIMA in collaboration with the MIRA project of the European Commission, the study underlines the downward trend in innovation observed in the Mediterranean countries: lack of critical mass and global visibility, poor performance in commercialising research results. Based on this assessment, the study examines the state of play of the innovation stakeholders and policies in 7 Southern Mediterranean countries: Algeria, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Palestine and Tunisia. It analyses the profile of innovation support structures through a mapping of technology parks, incubators and technology transfer offices, along with case studies and good practices. It also addresses the difficulties (innovation culture, regulatory framework) and opportunities (expansion of entrepreneurship, South-South partnerships, emergence of new stakeholders) for developing the innovation ecosystems in the Southern Mediterranean countries.
There are several elements in favour of Euro-Mediterranean action plans. They include the possibility of sharing resources that are currently insufficient both in the North and South Mediterranean. There are also potential synergy opportunities in leveraging joint fields of expertise such as mobility, water management and urban development, or in mobilising talents abroad.12 propositions for action are therefore put forward at the Euro-Mediterranean level, designed jointly with field players of the business, financial and innovation ecosystems in synergy with existing policies and programmes.
This action plan entails mobilising key innovation stakeholders at the regional level, sharing promotion tools and support services, coordinating national schemes as well as supporting the governance of innovation at different levels.
Download the abstract of the study and the table of the 12 recommendations
Download the complete version of the study
Click on the interactive map to locate all innovation clusters in the Mediterranean (www.medmaps.eu/en)

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