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تشجيع روح المبادرة العربية

واشنطن العاصمة ــ في مختلف أنحاء الشرق الأوسط وشمال أفريقيا، تنشأ الآن أعداد متزايدة من مراكز التكنولوجيا. وسواء كان ذلك في منطقة بيروت الرقمية أو حرم جريك (GrEEK) في القاهرة، يعمل هناك بعض من ألمع العقول في الشرق الأوسط على تحويل الأفكار المبدعة إلى منتجات صالحة للتسويق.

عندما قمت بزيارة منطقة بيروت الرقمية قبل شهرين، ومركز حرم جريك (GrEEK Campus) للمشاريع البادئة قبل ذلك، كان التفاؤل ملموسا ــ ولسبب وجيه. ففي المنطقة التي ناضلت من أجل توطيد نفسها اقتصاديا منذ الربيع العربي، تحمل الأفكار الريادية التي يجري تنقيحها في حاضنات كهذه المفتاح إلى مستقبل المنطقة.

تساهم المشاريع البادئة في كل مكان في خلق فرص العمل، وزيادة القدرة التنافسية، وتعزيز النمو الاقتصادي، في حين تساعد في الحد من الفقر ومكافحة تغير المناخ. وعندما تقدم شركات نشطة جديدة منتجات وخدمات إبداعية لأسواق غير مستغلة، فإنها بذلك تساهم إيجابيا في تنمية القطاع الخاص.

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