IN-COUNTRY SEMINAR FOR PALESTINE
Promoting a Culture of Innovation: EBESM supports Palestine to foster cutting edge SMEs
“Should Palestine have a national definition of innovation?” was one of the many questions asked during the October 29th and 30th workshop, organised in Ramallah by EBESM, providing practical support to the Palestinian authorities in their effort to improve implementation of Principle 8.1 “Innovation” of the Small Business Act for Europe (SBA). This training seminar was organised in collaboration with the National Ministry of Economy.
Innovation - often by SMEs - takes place everywhere. Palestine is not an exception and is in the process of developing its first strategy to promote and boost innovation. Palestinian authorities have specifically chosen the subject of “Innovation” to enhance their SMEs’ competiveness. Over forty key stakeholders from the innovation sector got together to actively contribute to the development of a national framework to promote innovation. The representative from the National Ministry of Economy called it: ”one of the most interesting workshops she and her colleagues have ever assisted”.
A set of five workshops was organised around key Innovation-related subjects in which local stakeholders were able to exchange ideas, go through SWOT analyses and come up with concrete recommendations. Among others, these recommendations included actions to promote creative thinking at national level, financial instruments for prototyping and turning ideas into business cases, streamlining access to innovation.