The interview was conducted as part of the research undertaken for The Report: Saudi Arabia 2015, the most recent report from the group on the economy of Saudi Arabia.
Among many topics, Prince Turki discussed first phase achievements of the National Plan for Science, Technology and Innovation (MAARIFAH) stating “…MAARIFAH-I was focused on establishing the infrastructure for science, technology and innovation (STI) in the Kingdom, and achieved several milestones, including allocating funding of SR8bn ($2.13bn) to support more than 2000 projects in the development of scientific research and technology, as well as the creation of various industrial partnerships. During the first phase of the plan the Kingdom moved up to a global ranking of 35th for the quality of its scientific publications, according to the journal Nature. Thomson Reuters has also highlighted a shifting picture within the G20 over the last decade, in terms of comparing the role of research and innovation in each country, and has reported a 373% jump in the Kingdom’s output of Web of Science papers.”
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