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The Dialogue 5+5 Member Countries agreed on the importance of research and higher education for the development of knowledge, the promotion of technologies and national innovation systems for the purpose of attaining socioeconomic growth and bearing the different challenges such as, unemployment, economic underdevelopment, environmental degradation, shortage of natural resources and serious scarcity of water and energy.



Actions on entrepreneurship

Lead country: Spain
Partnering countries: Algeria, Mauritania, Tunisia, Morocco, Italy, Libya, Portugal

Innovation is a process of flow of required knowledge and information to yield a product, process, service of management or marketing (the art of moving from the idea to the currency).
The diffusion of cultures of innovation and entrepreneurship is crucial. These cultures are in fact closely linked: visionary, risk taking, acceptance and learning from failure, power of initiative, project culture and desire for achievement are the main components. Finally, the ability to create companies with high growth potential (spin-off and start-up), some of which will become world leaders, sometimes in a few years, characterizes an effective innovation.

In this context, the 2017-2018 period includes these following sub-actions:

  • A2.1. Spin-offs Creation Contest
  • A2.2. Summer School on Entrepreneurship

Actions on the access to infrastructures

Lead country: Spain
Partnering countries: Algeria, Portugal, Tunisia, Morocco, Mauritania, Italy, Libya, France

There is significant evidence that the path to economic growth and competitiveness is largely linked to research and innovation. Dialogue 5+5 Member Countries (mainly North compared to South) present significant disparities in terms of performance in research and innovation.
Research institutions of the Dialogue 5+5 Member Countries with technology platforms and working in the framework of bilateral agreements can invite their counterparts to join the network sharing Dialogue 5+5 technology platforms to ensure better complementarity.


Actions on technology transfer and improving Intellectual Property Management Capacity

Lead countries: Spain and Tunisia
Partnering countries: Algeria, Morocco, Libya, Mauritania, France

The aim of the action is to accelerate the mentality change of institutions (also to other stakeholders) located in the Western Mediterranean region towards the crucial role of accelerating knowledge transfer and exploitation of research results in order to increase socio-economic growth and high-quality employment.


Development and implementation of open innovation and smart specialization strategies in the Dialogue 5+5 Member Countries

Lead country: Tunisia
Partnering countries: All countries

The Dialogue 5+5 Governments are in the obligation to adopt a new model of more intelligent, sustainable and inclusive economic growth and public policies that strengthen regionalization to remedy current problems and consolidate social cohesion.
The Regional Innovation Strategies for Smart Specialization (RIS3) can be an appropriate response to help address the challenges of regional development and sustainable job creation since it seeks to enhance regional job creation, in general, and high value-added jobs, in particular.
Regional development, human capital and development of skills, transfer of knowledge, innovation and business creation, and community development are the foundations of any smart specialization strategy.


Strengthening the institutional capacity of research structure

Lead country: Portugal
Partnering countries: Algeria, Mauritania, Libya, Tunisia, Italy, Spain, Morocco, Malta

This action intends to strengthen the capacity of research structures from 5+5 Member Countries, by stimulating the discussion of qualitative and innovative aspects on effective management and institutional capabilities, enhancing the dissemination of good practices.

The action will be therefore developed throughout the following steps:

  • A6.1 – Identifying National Entities Contact
  • A6.2 – Gathering and sharing of information on research centres
  • A6.3 – Selection of research centres for interchanges and/or short-term formation
  • A6.4 – Institutional training visit at National Foundation for Science and Technology (FCT)
  • A6.5 – Staff visits and short-term periods of supervised practice at R&I centres