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The Policy Brief provides an overview of the contributing factors to building successful clusters & the critical role they can play in driving innovation on a national and/or regional level.
The pandemic has shown the extent to which existing mechanisms for coordination & interaction amongst innovation actors helped navigate the economic crisis that ensued. The UAE has an opportunity to strengthen these mechanisms by redefining clusters and ensuring they are at the core of the UAE’s innovation ecosystem. In practice, this entails a shift away from equating ‘clusters’ to ‘free-zones’ and ‘business parks’. The UAE should adopt an understanding & approach to ‘clusters’ aligned with international standards, which aims to facilitate interactions between government, academia & the private sector.
The Mohammed bin Rashid Centre for Government Innovation (MBRCGI) and the Mohammed Bin Rashid School of Government (MBRSG) have worked in partnership to develop The policy brief “Clusters as Drivers of the Innovation Ecosystem: Policy directions for re-designing clusters in the UAE” to help identify ways to improve the structure of clusters across the nation in order for them to play a greater role in fostering cross-sectoral innovation. To read more published here on ibtekr platform (insert link).