Innovation Centre joins UK-Jordan Tech Hub launch
A UK Jordan Tech Hub has been launched in Amman to help drive economic growth through a technology and innovation partnership between the two countries. It was unveiled at a reception hosted by King Abdullah of Jordan, attended by a trade delegation from Bristol and Bath, London, Glasgow and Northern Ireland.
The multi-centre hub will be supported by both public and private sector bodies from all four areas, which will all work in collaboration with UKTI in Jordan. The UK Jordan Tech Hub will help drive economic growth in both countries by helping British start-ups and SMEs partner with the best of Jordanian and wider Arab based innovation.
UBIC Director, Simon Bond, who attended the launch on behalf of Bristol & Bath, said: “The goal is to create partnerships in which our companies help Jordanian innovation go global, and Jordanian innovation gives our companies a global competitive edge. Jordan has more internet start-up companies than any other country in the Middle East and has been dubbed the Middle East’s Silicon Valley.”
Baroness Morris of Bolton OBE, Trade Envoy to Jordan, Kuwait, Palestinian Territories commented: “This is a really exciting initiative which will enormously benefit both countries. The Tech Hub will open up new pathways between the UK and Jordan giving innovative start-ups and SMEs in both the chance to access new markets and learn and grow from each other.”
Minister of State for Trade and Investment Lord Green said: “Jordan’s education system and integration with world markets make it a real leader in technological innovation. The UK Jordan Tech Hub will serve as a beacon in the region, delivering the partnerships and investment that create the jobs of the future.”
One of the hub centres, the Bristol and Bath region, has been specifically identified as a leading development base in the UK for creativity and innovation, with particular strengths in film, animation, microelectronics and advanced engineering. A global centre of excellence for factual TV production, natural history film making and animation, it is also a leading destination for aerospace, advanced engineering and microelectronic industries and is at the heart of one of the largest cluster of silicon designers in the world, outside Silicon Valley.
Prof Joe McGeehan, Chair of Invest Bristol & Bath says: “Bristol and Bath are widely recognised as one of the UK’s hotspots of creativity and innovation which is why this Tech Hub provides such an exciting opportunity for the region’s companies to partner with Jordan’s fast-growing technology sector.”
David Sproxton, co-founder and chairman of Aardman Animations says: “This Tech Hub will help further cement the region’s reputation for innovation, technology and creativity and set up new and exciting partnerships with companies in the Arab world.”
The UK Jordan Tech Hub will focus its activities in sectors where the UK and Jordan have complementary strengths, including digital, biomed, low carbon, ICT and finance. Its activities will include sector-specific business delegations between the UK and Jordan; conferences, workshops and partnering events; bespoke programmes for leading companies and raising awareness to business opportunities.
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