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UAE aims to feature among top 20 nations in Global Innovation Index


I cannot predict the year or the exact timeline but we will be among the top 20 very soon,” Abdullah Alshamsi, the Assistant Undersecretary for Trade Remedies at the UAE Ministry of Economy, told The National .


Developing a knowledge economy is a key plank of the UAE's Vision 2021 national agenda, which was formulated back in 2010.


Abdullah Alshamsi, Assistant Undersecretary for Trade Remedies at the UAE Ministry of Economy and executive director of the team working to improve emirates ranking in the Global Innovation Index.


The GII considers 80 different indicators, including the number of patents filed, investment patterns and the creation of new technologies from within a particular country.


We cannot reach this milestone without having it [innovation] ingrained in our culture, thinking and daily tasks,” Ahmed Mahboob Musabih, director general of Dubai Customs, told The National .


“Innovation in our routine processes is helping us to meet these high numbers and giving us confidence to set much higher benchmarks,” added Mr Musabih.






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