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“Knowledge is the main driver of today’s global economy,” said OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría at the launch of the OECD Innovation Strategy in Paris. “Countries need to harness innovation and entrepreneurship to boost growth and employment. This is the key to a sustainable rise in living standards.”
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Faced with unprecedented levels of unemployment, unsustainable fiscal deficits and public debt and weak economic growth, governments need to focus on innovation and pro-green policies as potential new sources of growth, says OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría.
The key tables on science and technology include data on research and development, telecommunication. Historical data refer to the latest eight time periods.
Through this conference on Innovation and Sustainable Growth in a Globalised World, the OECD and the World Bank are joining forces to work more closely on innovation, a crucial factor in the success of development policy, notably in middle income market economies.
In this volume, the OECD and the World Bank jointly take stock of how globalisation is posing new challenges for innovation and growth in both developed and developing countries, and how countries are coping with them.
A year ahead of Korea chairing the next G20 Summit, Mr. Gurría described in Seoul the “cocktail” of strategy, policies and framework conditions that will enable economies to harness new sources of economic growth, prevent environmental degradation and enhance the quality of life.
Finland, the Netherlands and Sweden have the lowest prices for mobile phone calls among OECD countries, according to the latest OECD Communications Outlook. The highest were found in Canada, Spain and the United States.
This conference, which took place in Paris on 15-17 July 2009, will significantly contribute to accelerating OECD’s current efforts for fostering “green” and innovation-led growth in nanotechnology.
In his remarks delivered at the International Economic Forum of the Americas, Mr. Gurría affirmed that innovation will be the key to foster economic growth and to tackle the major global and social challenges of our time: persistent poverty, unemployment, climate change, water management, and health care.