Research as a catalyst to grow technology clusters in Africa
The World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) published a report on the top global innovation hubs drawn from over a million patents filed between 2011 and 2015.
Four of the top five innovation clusters are from the Asia-Pacific region, with the Silicon Valley cluster sitting (un)comfortably in third place. On a larger scale, the top 100 does not feature any cluster from Latin America, the Caribbean, Africa and Western Asia.
Not that it is a surprise that no African technology cluster made the list but it is important to highlight why they didn’t — an aversion to research.