Innovation pillar of new urban economy

TEHRAN, Jul. 05 (MNA) – Head of Iran Urban Economics Scientific Association (IUESA) believes investment in innovation, research and development, and reliance on ITC are solutions of many problems in many developing countries.

“‘Innovate or die!’ This slogan is an undeniable slogan facing many industries, services, and products in cities. The importance of this issue becomes clear when we look at it economically. This issue is under impact of politics, economics, social affairs, and the environment. These factors are limiting as well as creating opportunity,” told Seyyed Mohsen Tabatabaei Mozdabadi.

“Therefore, all small and large cities require new approach to be both global and domestic-oriented. In the new approach to urban economy, data have key role, and products and services are knowledge-based. Modern urban economy creates new demands for skills, creativities, and specialties and it allows all pillars of the city to look for innovative solutions.”

“Based on defined goals for this issue, old urban activities should be abolished and ground should be prepared for learning new skills and innovations. This is a path facing with tomorrow’s cities. ITC can be strong stimulus for passing from resource-based economy to knowledge-based one, but unfortunately, innovation that is one of the pillars of urban economy is neglected in many Asian countries and cities despite their high potential.”

“Evidences indicate that investment in innovation, research and development (R&D), and reliance on ITC are the solution of many problems in many developing countries and the impact of these technologies on developing countries is much more than developed ones. For instance, researches show that 10 percent increase of smart phone influence is followed by 4 percent increase in total efficiency.”

“In Iranian setting, R&D and innovation are emphasized highly in national documents including Sixth Vision Plan, and general policies of Resistance Economy, and a 4-percent growth of R&D of GDP has been suggested for 2015 horizon. However, we may consider that according to the reports of 2015, Islamic Republic is ranked 106th among 141 countries only next to countries such as Mali and Ghana, a statistics not palatable and appropriate for us and more effort should focus to address this issue.”

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