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Transforming Arab Economies : Traveling Knowledge and Innovation Road, Overview

ACADEMIC RESEARCH ACCESS TO BASIC SERVICES ACCESS TO EDUCATION AGENTS AGRICULTURE AID PROGRAMS AUTOMOBILE BACKBONE BOUNDARIES BROADBAND BROADBAND CONNECTIONS BUSINESS CLIMATE BUSINESS COMMUNITY BUSINESS ENVIRONMENT BUSINESS FORMATION BUSINESS LEADERS BUSINESS PLANS BUSINESS SECTOR BUSINESSES CAPABILITIES CAPABILITY CHANGE AGENTS CITIES COLLABORATION COLLABORATIONS COMMERCE COMMUNICATION INFRASTRUCTURE COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGIES COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGY COMMUNITIES COMPARATOR COUNTRIES COOKIE COPYRIGHT CORE COMPETENCIES CRITICAL THINKING CUSTOMS CUSTOMS BARRIERS DECENTRALIZATION DECISION MAKERS DIASPORA NETWORKS DIGITAL AGE DOMAINS E-GOVERNMENT E-MAIL ECOLOGY ECONOMIC ACTIVITY ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT EMPLOYMENT CREATION ENTERPRISE DEVELOPMENT ENTREPRENEURIAL CULTURE EQUIPMENT EXISTING KNOWLEDGE EXPORT MARKETS FEASIBILITY STUDIES FINANCIAL SUPPORT FISHERIES FOOD PRICES FOREIGN DIRECT INVESTMENT FOREIGN INVESTMENT GEOGRAPHIC REGION GLOBAL COMPETITIVENESS GLOBAL ECONOMY GLOBAL KNOWLEDGE GLOBAL KNOWLEDGE ECONOMY GLOBALIZATION GROWTH PATH GROWTH STRATEGIES GROWTH STRATEGY HUMAN CAPITAL HUMAN RESOURCES ICT IDEAS INFORMATION INFRASTRUCTURE INFORMATION SOCIETIES INFORMATION SOCIETY INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY INNOVATION INNOVATION POLICY INNOVATION PROGRAM INNOVATION STRATEGY INSIGHTS INSTITUTION INSTITUTIONAL FRAMEWORK INTEGRATION INTERNATIONAL COLLABORATION INVENTIONS INVESTMENT IN KNOWLEDGE KNOW HOW KNOW-HOW KNOWLEDGE ECONOMY KNOWLEDGE RESOURCES KNOWLEDGE REVOLUTION LABORATORIES LEADING LEARNING LIABILITY LICENSES LIFELONG LEARNING LITERACY LITERACY RATE MANAGERIAL SKILLS MANUFACTURING MARKET DEMAND MATERIAL MEDIA MEDIUM ENTERPRISES MOBILE PHONE NATURAL RESOURCES NETWORKS NEW TECHNOLOGIES OUTSOURCING PARADIGM SHIFT PARTICIPATORY APPROACH PERFORMANCES POLITICAL SYSTEMS PORTALS PRIVATE SECTOR PRIVATE SECTOR DEVELOPMENT PROCESS OF INNOVATION PRODUCT INFORMATION PRODUCTION PROCESSES PRODUCTIVITY PROJECT EVALUATION PURCHASING POWER PURCHASING POWER PARITY QUERIES R&D REGULATORY ENVIRONMENT RESEARCH CENTERS RESULTS RETURN ON INVESTMENT SITES SKILLED LABOR SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT SOCIAL SCIENCES SOCIAL TRANSITION SUPERVISION TARGETS TECHNOLOGICAL INNOVATION TECHNOLOGY INDUSTRIES TECHNOLOGY PARKS TECHNOLOGY POLICIES TELECOMMUNICATION TELECOMMUNICATIONS TELEDENSITY TELEPHONE THINK TANKS TRAINING SYSTEMS TRANSLATION UNIVERSITIES USE OF KNOWLEDGE USERS VALUE CHAINS VARIETY VISION WEB
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Washington, DC
Middle East and North Africa | North Africa | Middle East
2014-01-30T20:14:13Z | 2014-01-30T20:14:13Z | 2013-09-17

Over the past decade, some countries of the Middle East and North Africa region have spurred economic growth and improved their global competitiveness by taking the first steps in the direction of the knowledge economy. The World Bank Group focuses on Arab societies that deepen their commitment to reforms in four key policy areas: developing more open and entrepreneurial economies, preparing a better-educated and skilled population, improving capabilities for innovation and research, and expanding information and communication technologies. The success of a knowledge-economy strategy depends on coordinated progress on all four fronts, with bold approaches tailored to each country's challenges and opportunities. This report includes chapters organized into three main parts. Part 1 presents the rationale and approach for the transition to the knowledge- and innovation-driven economy. Part 2 describes the policies to be implemented in key areas of the knowledge economy: governance, education, innovation, and information and communication technology. Part 3 discusses economic diversification initiatives that can help countries make the most of their knowledge-economy investments. The three annexes to this report review the literature on the relationship between the knowledge economy and job creation in the Middle East and North Africa region, provide insights on a series of country experiences from across the world in developing knowledge-based development strategies, and survey knowledge-economy issues in several Arab countries and highlight policy initiatives that are adapted to their specific country circumstances.

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