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OECD news on innovation, science, technology and industry: June 2013



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June 2013

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Upcoming events

OECD Innovation, Higher Education, and Research for Development Project (IHERD) expert meeting, Marseilles, France, 1-2 July 2013 — This meeting will discuss the preliminary reports/results of six research projects undertaken so far, such as an analysis of gaps in research and innovation management in some Southeast Asian countries. The meeting aims to solicit input into the final reports from policy makers, practitioners and academics.

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Unlocking Global Collaboration to accelerate innovation for Alzheimer's disease and dementia, Oxford, United Kingdom, 20-21 June 2013 — This Expert Consultation aims to stimulate discussion and the highest possible level of expert engagement in setting out an agenda for OECD action to accelerate innovation for Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. Country experts, policy makers and other stakeholders will share views on the main scientific, technological and policy challenges Alzheimer’s and dementia raise and discuss how to move forward with developing concrete ideas for OECD action.

Recent releases

Measuring Patent Quality: Indicators of Technological and Economic Value, 6 June 2013 — This working paper contributes to the definition and measurement of patent quality by proposing a wide array of indicators to capture the technological and economic value of patented inventions and their possible impact on subsequent technological developments. In addition, the detailed dataset, as well as the program codes to compile the indicators, are now publicly available.

International Mobile Roaming Agreements, 3 June 2013 — International roaming differs from other telecommunication services in that the wholesale and downstream retail markets are always in different countries, making it difficult for policy makers and regulators to act unilaterally.  Prices for roaming remain very high across the OECD area compared to those prevailing nationally and international co-operation is vital to address this challenge. This digital economy paper explores principles that could form the basis for good practices in the establishment of international mobile roaming agreements between two or more countries.


New Sources of Growth: Knowledge-Based Capital: Key Analyses and Policy Conclusions, 30 May 2013 — This synthesis report aims to provide evidence of the economic value of knowledge-based capital (data, software, new business models, design, etc.) as a new source of growth and to improve understanding of current and emerging policy challenges.

New analysis highlights importance of services to global trade, 29 May 2013 — The latest data from the OECD/WTO Trade in Value-Added (TiVA) database increases the number of economies analysed and provides statistics over a longer timeframe than in the initial findings released in January 2013. See TiVA country notes for more details.

Interconnected economies: Benefiting from global value chains, 30 May 2013 — International production, trade and investments are increasingly organised across countries via global value chains (GVCs). A new OECD book and its synthesis report examine the policy areas related to the rise of global value chains. They are accompanied by 40 data-driven country notes covering: participation in GVCs; distribution of value-added; export shares in GVCs; and competitiveness in manufacturing and services.

Stimulating Economic Growth through Knowledge-Based Investment, 22 May 2013 — Recent studies have shown that knowledge-based capital (KBC) is an important source of economic growth in many of the world’s advanced economies — much more so than R&D alone — and is positively correlated with real GDP per capita in a cross-section of these economies. While literature is still in its infancy and there is, as yet, no systematic discussion of KBC policy, this working paper attempts to start filling the gap.

Regulatory Frameworks for Nanotechnology in Foods and Medical Products: Summary Results of a Survey Activity, 24 April 2013 — As nanotechnology develops, governments are developing regulatory approaches for the use of nanotechnology in foods and medical products. This policy paper explores governments’ efforts to support the responsible use of nanotechnology.

 Recent events

OECD Meeting at Ministerial Level (MCM), Paris, France, 29-30 May 2013 — In a very packed agenda on the theme“It’s all about people: Jobs, Equality, Trust”, Ministers at the 2013 MCM welcomed the OECD’s analysis and advice in the field of new innovative sources of growth, notably knowledge-based capital; the OECD’s work on Global Value Chains (GVCs) and on measuring Trade in Value Added terms. Ministers recognised GVCs as a powerful driver of growth and productivity and support for job creation; and called on the OECD for further analysis of the relationship between GVCs and jobs and income, as well as of how to make GVCs accessible to all. Here is the direct link to Ministerial Council Statements.

OECD Forum 2013, Paris, France, 28-29 May 2013 — The contribution of the Directorate for Science, Technology and Industry to the OECD Forum centred on the theme of “The 21st Century Production Revolution” and on the need for policy makers and stakeholders to understand how and where production occurs to stimulate growth and generate jobs. Events included STI’s Director Andrew Wyckoff and Deputy Director Dirk Pilat setting the scene for key OECD sessions on growth and innovation; the book launch of “Interconnected Economies: Benefiting from Global Value Chains”; showcasing an updated Trade in Value-Added (TiVA) database; and the launch of TiVA country notes and GVC country notes. Watch the forum Webcast.


G20 Workshop on Global Value Chains, Paris, France, 29 May 2013— this stocktaking seminar on Global Value Chains organised jointly by the Russian G20 Presidency and the OECD covered a range of issues, including input from the OECD-WTO Trade in Value-Added database (TiVA). It discussed the implications for global trade, development, investment and employment policy of Global Value Chains (GVCs).

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