As a developing economy Libya is not burdened with old, redundant legacy systems. This makes it possible for us to leapfrog many unproductive processes and systems currently deployed in more advanced nations. So when it comes to new ideas, we can apply best practice and the most advanced technologies. Moving faster, leaner and more efficiently towards the best solutions.
We can also use our regional insight and knowledge to offer commercial and development opportunities to both foreign investors and Libyan entrepreneurs in the high-tech sector. In this way, Tatweer provides valuable support to overseas experts looking to solve problems that not only affect our country, but theirs too.
Below are the priority areas we are currently focusing on on:
Although Libya is a reasonably small country, little is known about its people. We are well-positioned to help both private and public sector partners understand the citizen climate so they can develop services and products that best meet people’s wants and needs. We can use qualitative and quantitative research to identify new patterns and opportunities. Our unique capability to enter into partnerships with the Libyan Government to access data will be particularly valuable to partners looking to gain insights into both the population and market.
Researching Climate & Environment
Libya’s ecological environment is greatly affected by its climate, which is why we’re committed to making this a priority for our new Knowledge Economy. Libya’s geographic location also means there are several serious environmental pressures demanding a new focus on sustainability. In particular, the advancing desert and the scarcity of water. Therefore we are actively exploring and evaluating solutions related to water management and its desalination.
Libya enjoys one of the world’s most abundant resources of fossil fuels and has developed an economy that benefits from its extraction and commercialisation. To build on this heritage, we want to explore other opportunities for energy generation, including solar power and other renewable technologies.
We have the opportunity to leapfrog traditional bricks and mortar banking solutions and explore high-efficiency payment systems suitable for developing nations with dispersed populations in a large geography. This could include assisting in the creation and implementation of Islamic banking and digital platforms.
The future wealth of any nation is dependent on the health of its citizens. Therefore, we will be looking to develop Libya’s capacity to develop medical technology for both the Libyan people and the world. We want to open up new paths of diagnostics and treatment, as well as improve technical aids such as prosthetic limbs that could offer a deeply needed public service.
There are currently very few research publications or academic journals that are written or translated into Arabic. There is also a huge disparity of translations within Arabic speaking countries. We see the opportunity to change that and carve out a specialism in scientific and technology translations. Through this specialism, Tatweer Research can help provide more open access to knowledge, with Libya acting as a permanent conduit between the Knowledge Economy and the millions of people for whom Arabic is their first language and who want to absorb this knowledge first hand.
The current climate in Libya has unearthed an energetic and entrepreneurial spirit that we have an opportunity to harness for development, with one third of the population very likely to start a business1. Over the next few years, Tatweer Research will increasingly be investing in incubating new and promising ideas, as well as developing the talents of the future homegrown CEOs of Libya.
Developing R&D with International Partnerships
Customisation & Development: We won’t jump into the Technology R&D market expecting to instantly match the capabilities of the world's best research institutions. Instead, we’ll partner with these institutions and add value to the products they are already developing, helping make them relevant to the local market. This initial work will allow us to test the quality of our sector leaders and new researchers. It will also provide us with an opportunity to create revenue that will help support further expansion and our own original research.
Embedded Researchers: We’ll raise the level of our own R&D lab by placing some of our best young talent into the labs of market-leading firms and academic institutions. This will not only yield invaluable experience for our people, but could also deliver co-ownership of the IP of products that are brought to market from these collaborations.
We also plan to offer scholarships and incentives for senior researchers to join us for periods of research and residency as Tatweer Fellows. These Fellows will serve as mentors and project leaders and contribute to our overall undertaking of knowledge transfer and skill development.
Original Research: At our Elmreisa Tech City we will seek to develop the capacity for original R&D. The site will serve as an incubator for scientists fresh from universities in Libya and abroad, as well as experts looking to broaden their horizons within their field. Cutting edge equipment will encourage experimentation and a model for ad hoc research projects. It will also create a space for entrepreneurs to pose challenges to our R&D professionals that could lead to product creation and commercialisation. These would be products that we would look to co-invest in.
1 YouGov, Situation Assessment in Libya, (2013).