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OECD news on innovation, science, technology and industry: May 2014



OECD news on innovation, science, technology and industry

May 2014

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International Awareness Week on Button Battery Safety (16-20 June 2014) 

Consumers worldwide need to be alerted to the serious injuries that button batteries (the small circular lithium batteries that are used to power gadgets and toys) can cause if children swallow them. The OECD Working Party on Consumer Product Safety has initiated a campaign to raise awareness of these serious injuries and deaths. Global action days are planned from 16-20 June 2014. See more on product safety

Latest releases

OECD Review of Innovation Policy: Netherlands 
The Netherlands has a long, proud history of innovation, but more can be done to boost innovation as a way to help tackle the challenges of low growth, an ageing population, and the need to increase competitiveness in global markets. This review stresses the importance of broadening the innovation base to engage more firms in innovative activities, enhancing the benefits of the Top Sectors approach, and maintaining world-class pubic research (including universities) to strengthen innovation performance. 
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New Approaches to Spectrum Management 
Today more than ever, spectrum is identified by policy makers as a key asset to support growth in the digital economy. This report provides information and analysis on new approaches to radiofrequency spectrum management in OECD countries. It also covers incentive auctions, an innovative approach to transfer spectrum resources from less to more valuable uses through market mechanisms.
See also: Tackling spectrum crunch: Is more sharing the answer? on the OECD Insights blog 
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Digital Economy Papers

OECD Better Policies Series: Slovenia - Reforms for a strong and sustainable recovery
The OECD Better Policies Series tailor the OECD’s policy advice to help interested governments make reform happen. The Slovenia report, released on 5 May 2014, includes a chapter on boosting innovation and moving up the value chain. This chapter argues that for Slovenia to integrate further into global value chains and sustain productivity growth, it must strengthen the innovation system, foster productivity gains in all sectors, attract foreign direct investment (FDI) and diversify into economic activities of higher value added.
See more on innovation | See more on global value chains


OECD Review of Innovation Policy: Colombia
This review highlights that innovation will be essential to making Colombia’s economic and social development more sustainable. Strengthening the innovation capabilities of Colombian enterprises is critical for benefitting from opportunities offered by an increasing integration in the glo‌bal economy.
OECD Reviews of Innovation Policy - Colombia - Overall assessment and recommendations



The OECD Forum and the OECD Ministerial Council Meeting (MCM) were held in Paris on 5-7 May 2014, concurrently with a G20-OECD Stocktaking Seminar on Global Value Chains. These events included sessions with world-renowned experts and high-level policy makers from OECD and partner economies to discuss key issues in science, technology, industry and innovation. The Directorate for Science, Technology and Industry’s Director Andrew Wyckoff and Deputy Director Dirk Pilat contributed to many of the sessions, including safety & risk in the digital economythe future of the Internet, the creative economy, how to promote resilient economies and inclusive societies, and how policymakers can promote innovation to facilitate upgrading in global value chains.



Internet economy
Broadband and telecom
Innovation in science, technology and industry
Industry and globalisation
Science and technology policy
Biotechnology policies
Consumer policy 
Global value chains




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