Over many decades, the progress of science, technology and innovation has been limited to the most developed countries, whilst investment in research and development (R&D) still falls short of aspirations in developing countries even with capable and talented people. R&D remains confined in labs, away from any interaction with (the) market and community needs. However, it is impossible that things remain this way, considering that (the) collective actions and steps taken at local level are the core tools towards global change.
The SDGs do not only highlight innovation as (a) development goal, but also stress its great importance as a core instrument of achieving other goals. Whether we worked to overcome challenges facing education, energy, health, climate change or poverty, sciences, technology and innovations must be addressed in a in a participatory and inclusive manner for the public good.
Building sustainable economic clusters and small community businesses centered on new technology is only possible through stimulating innovation element across all segments of civil community, including women, youth and genuine societies.
Linking local technology needs to global opportunities is a common challenge to several countries. To overcome this challenge, we must all be more conscious of market dynamics and the importance of inclusiveness of all society with all its segments and components. Ability to define and identify local needs and capacities related to technology is the essence of forming a clear perception of the added value of applications, which in turn will help to maximize productivity and strengthen economic competitiveness.
Perhaps, here, strengthening and stimulating innovation at local level would be the best solution for progress in achieving SDGs if all the necessary elements are in place. Nevertheless, developing countries need help and support to develop and design local models appropriate to innovation within the framework of sustainable development. Perhaps the lessons learned in this field indicate that the public sector might not be the main motive of innovation. Companies play an essential role in accelerating innovation‘s pace, either from investors or consumers. However, the real innovation stimulators have not been yet enabled and activated in the required way. (in order for that to be done, responsibility must be taken to identify the local needs and strengthen ties between the key players by universities, research institutions, study centers, and non-government organizations.
To take on such role, these organizations must be enabled to understand the local development challenges and turn them into innovation opportunities by bringing together the knowledge and social influence resulting from collaboration and alliance of scientists and social civil organizations, we can access to an enabling environment at legislation and policy level that stimulates local and regional innovation and recognizes inventors.
The UAE with no doubt is a regional leader in the creation of infrastructure and the development of industry and innovation, having maintained its leading position at global level in several indicators, including the competitive capacity, development, entrepreneurship, innovation, ease of doing business, commerce, investment and tourism.