Latin America and the Caribbean

Benchmarking innovation for development in Latin America: Buenos Aires Experts Meeting



Leading experts from Latin American and OECD countries met in Buenos Aires on 30 September and 1 October to discuss ways of benchmarking innovation in the region, with a focus on how innovation policies can help boost development. This closed-door seminar, organised by the OECD Development CentreINSEAD Business School and the Telefónica Foundation, in collaboration with the Inter-American Development Bank, took place at the Institute for the Integration of Latin America and the Caribbean.

 The basis of the discussion was the background research and draft papers produced by experts from the OECD Development Centre, INSEAD Business School, Telefónica Foundation and other institutions for the forthcoming INNOVAlatino Report, a new

publication assessing Latin America's capacity to innovate for economic development and the well being of its citizens. INNOVAlatino will be launched in May 2010, at the European Union - Latin America and Caribbean Summit taking place in Madrid.


 Program Experts Meeting

Wednesday, 30 September 2009

9h00 – 10h00

Opening Session
Lino Barañao, Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation of Argentina

The InnovaLatino project: Introductory remarks
Javier Santiso, OECD Development Centre
Lourdes Casanova, INSEAD
Flora Painter, IADB
Javier Nadal, Telefónica Foundation

10h00 – 10h30 Opening Speech
Martin Redrado, President of the Central Bank of Argentina
10h30 – 11h00 Coffee Break
11h00 – 12h30

Session I: The Innovation Index, its Methodology and Results
Chair: Jeff Dayton-Johnson, OECD Development Centre
Juan Carlos Navarro, IADB
Mario Albornoz, RICYT
Orlando Jiménez, Ministry of Economics of Chile
Jorge Souto, INDEC

12h30 – 14h00 Lunch
14h00 – 15h30 Session II: Innovation and Social Development in Latin America
Chair: Flora Painter, IADB
Caroline Paunov, OECD Development Centre
José Miguel Benavente, University of Chile
Luis Ricardo Cavalcante, IPEA
Clemente Forero, University of The Andes
Gustavo Crespi, IADB
Andrés López, CENIT
15h30 – 16h00 Coffee Break
16h00 – 17h30 Session III: Innovation and Growth
Chair: Rafael Oliva, BNDES
Mario Cimoli, ECLAC
Laura Alfaro, Harvard Business School
William Maloney, World Bank
Mauricio Cárdenas, Brookings Institution

Thursday, 1 October 2009

9h30 – 11h00 Session IV: The Information and Communication Technologies Divide
Chair: Javier Nadal, Telefónica Foundation
Lourdes Casanova, INSEAD
Raúl Rivera Andueza, Foro Pro Innovacion
Mario Cimoli, ECLAC
Mercedes Temboury, Telefónica
Eduardo Moreira Costa, Financiadora de Estudos e Projetos
11h00 – 11h30 Coffee Break
11h30 – 13h00 Session V: Necessity Nurtures Invention in the Private Sector
Chair: Juan Carlos Navarro, IADB
Nils Fonstad, INSEAD
Marcelo Arguelles, Bio Sidus
Carlos Osorio, Adolfo Ibañez University
Carlos Henrique de Brito Cruz, FAPESP
Gabriel Casaburi, IADB
13h00 – 14h30 Lunch
14h30 – 16h00

Session VI: Policies to Promote Innovation
Chair: Francisco Sagasti, FORO Nacional/Internacional
André Nassif, BNDES
Beatriz Nofal, Agencia Nacional de Desarrollo de Inversiones
Orlando Jímenez, Chilean Ministry of Economics
Léa Contier de Freitas, Ministry Science & Technology of Brazil

16h00 – 16h30 Wrap-Up
16h30 – 17h30 Keynote Speech
Professor Jonathan Eaton, Pennsylvania State University




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