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Knowledge has always been central to development. To cope with the daunting challenges they face, particularly the need to create jobs and to develop more productive economies, Arab countries would do well to embrace a strategy for a knowledge-and innovation-driven economy. This is the main issue that is examined in the new report: “Transforming Arab Economies: Travelling the Knowledge and Innovation Road”, developed by the Center for Mediterranean Integration (CMI), together with the World Bank, the European Investment Bank (EIB) and the Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ISESCO), and that was the main topic of discussion at the high level conference on “Transforming Arabic Economies: Travelling the Knowledge and Innovation Road”, held on 4-5 June 2013, at ISESCO headquarters in Rabat, Morocco.
In this context, we, the participants representing various countries of the Arab world as well as regional and international institutions in the High-level Conference, declare that:
Recognizing the importance of making such a transformative move, we, the representatives of various governments, private sector stakeholders and civil society representatives declare the need to undertake the following steps:
We, as individuals, organizations and representatives of the relevant States: