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OECD’s Gurría welcomes UK strategy to put innovation at heart of growth agenda


8 December 2011 - OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría welcomes the release of the “Innovation and Research Strategy for Growth”. The report, released today by the UK Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, focuses on innovation as a key driver of sustainable economic growth.

“This valuable report comes at a crucial moment and is appropriately focused on the role that science, technology and innovation can play in strengthening economic growth, even during times of crisis.” said Mr Gurría.

“I applaud this report for taking a broad view of innovation that rightly sets science and technology at its core but also explores the other interconnecting policies necessary to achieve growth, in particular the role that the public sector must play to foster the sharing and dissemination of knowledge and strengthen the role of business for innovation.”

“It is particularly rewarding to see that OECD research on this subject, culminating in our 2010 Innovation Strategy, has been a useful base for developing this national strategy,” Mr. Gurría added.  “At a time of constrained public finances, the focus on intangible assets as a source of growth and value creation provides an powerful instrument to improve productivity and create jobs.”


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