Columbia International Affairs Online: Working Papers

CIAO DATE: 01/2011

Technological Readiness in the Middle East and North Africa – Implications for Egypt

Juliane Brach

December 2010

German Institute of Global and Area Studies


Innovation is widely recognized as a key driver of sustainable economic development. Governments, international organizations, donors and investors are increasingly interested in evaluating the technological capabilities and innovative capacities in developing countries, but often lack appropriate approaches for such measurement. This paper focuses on innovation and technological progress in the MENA region and discusses the challenges of understanding, expanding and fostering innovative potential in Egypt.