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Mapping Oman's National Innovation Ecosystem

Using a proprietary NIE assessment technique, SRI mapped the main pillars, frameworks, drivers and institutions underpinning Oman’s innovation capacity.

To position Oman as a regional hub for innovation and leader in producing new ideas, products and services, the Government of Oman is pursuing a diversification program known as Vision 2020. With a key goal of the program being to increase the contribution of the non-oil sector to the country’s Gross Domestic Product, SRI was commissioned by The Research Council of Oman to conduct a comprehensive assessment of Oman’s National Innovation Ecosystem (NIE).

Using a proprietary assessment technique it developed, SRI mapped the main pillars, frameworks, drivers and institutions underpinning Oman’s innovation capacity. SRI analyzed the main barriers to national and regional innovation, and recommended a series of policies and programs to foster national economic growth.  Guided by a number of strategic principles, the assessment identified assets that would

  • Achieve transformational change in Oman’s economic development

  • Embed innovation in academic, industry and public sector activities

  • Foster a functioning NIE that would align resources strategically with key actors across Oman

Drawing on extensive input from key innovation stakeholders in the Sultanate, SRI presented the results of the assessment at a national innovation workshop held in Muscat in December 2010. To consolidate these results and maximize SRI’s innovation input to the national workshop, SRI President and Chief Executive Officer Curtis Carlton delivered the SRI Executive Five Disciplines of Innovation Workshop on the key principles of innovation. SRI’s presentations served as a foundational analysis of themes and areas for improvement through the identification of specific innovation institutions, processes, programs, and projects.