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



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October 2013

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Recent releases

On 10 October, we launched a new publication entitled Supporting Investment in Knowledge Capital, Growth and Innovation. This work shows that knowledge-based capital underpins innovation and the digital economy, and is a key driver for growth. It also identifies challenges and sets out recommendations in a range of policy areas, including innovation, taxation, entrepreneurship and business development, corporate reporting, big data, competition, and measurement.

Based on this work, we also released a webpage with the latest indicators on R&D tax incentives featured in the OECD Science, Technology and Industry Scoreboard 2013, to be released on 23 October, and a policy brief highlighting analysis on the economic consequences of R&D tax incentives to help governments design more effective and efficient policy packages to foster innovation and exploit new sources of growth. Read the news release


ICTs and the Health Sector: Towards Smarter Health and Wellness Models (4 October 2013). This book examines the new world of possibilities in using mobile devices and the Internet to address healthcare challenges. The sustainability of health systems will depend on how well governments are able to anticipate and respond to efficiency and quality of care challenges. Bold action is required, as well as willingness to test innovative care delivery approaches.


The Internet Economy on the Rise: Progress since the Seoul Declaration (20 September 2013). This publication reviews progress made since the 2008 OECD Seoul Declaration for the Future of the Internet Economy and identifies areas for future work. The review shows that the Internet economy has become a new source of growth, with the potential to boost the whole economy; foster innovation, competitiveness and user participation; and contribute effectively to the prosperity of society as a whole. 

Upcoming event

Global Forum on the Knowledge Economy (Istanbul, Turkey, 22-23 October 2013). As OECD countries are confronted with a lasting post-crisis downturn and emerging economies are experiencing a slowdown, science and innovation have gained importance both as an engine of growth and as a means of providing sustained and durable solutions to social and environmental challenges. This conference, organised in association with the Ministry of Science, Industry and Technology of Turkey, will consider a number of longer-term trends that have been affecting innovation policies and future policy trends for science and innovation.  

Recent events

The OECD Innovation, Higher Education and Research for Development Programme (IHERD) expert meeting (Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, 19-20 September 2013). This highly successful meeting sought input from expert policy makers, practitioners and academics on the preliminary reports/results of research projects undertaken thus far and their application in the African context. A key lesson learnt was that national funding organisations should be encouraged to participate in transnational funding initiatives as a possible strategy to build national capacity for designing and implementing research and innovation policy.

The OECD Innovation, Higher Education and Research for Development Programme (IHERD) expert meeting (Dakar, Senegal, 8-9 October 2013). This meeting sought input from policy makers, practitioners and academics on the effectiveness of research and innovation management at policy and institutional levels in the French-speaking African context. Discussions brought to light the need to address the existing gap between policy formulation and the institutional capacity to implement policy due to a lack of human and financial resources.



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