By Larbi Arbaoui
By Larbi Arbaoui
Morocco World News
Taroudant, July 2, 2013
According to the classification of the Global Innovation Index 2013, recently co-published by Cornell University, INSEAD and the World Intellectual Property Organization, (WIPO, a specialized agency of the United Nations), Morocco ranked 92nd down 4 positions from 88th in 2012.
At the regional level, Morocco came ahead of Egypt (108th), the Syrian Arab Republic (134th), and Algeria (138th).
Western Europe monopolized the top positions, and Switzerland remained this year’s most innovative country as in 2011 and 2012, followed by three other European countries: Sweden, the United Kingdom and the Netherlands.
The Global Innovation Index 2013 (GII) report focused on three success stories: the Elgazala Technopark in Tunisia, which specializes in information and communication technologies (ICTs); Haliopolis in Agadir, Morocco, an agrifood cluster; and the City of Dubai, which has witnessed dynamism in service innovation.
The industrial zone “Haliopolis” in Agadir is considered an example of local dynamics of innovation in several Arab countries that can inspire regional economies.
The city of Agadir (the capital of the Souss-Massa-Draâ region) has been at the forefront of Moroccan cities which have benefited from national plans launched by the Moroccan government over the past decade to boost established sectors such as tourism, agriculture, automobile, aeronautical, electronics, and offshoring.
This ranking of 142 countries is made with 84 indicators related to the quality of major universities, opportunities for micro-financing and venture capital business.
The Global Innovation Index 2013 (GII) relies on two sub-indices, the Innovation Input Sub-Index and the Innovation Output Sub-Index.