This follow-up to the 2001 OECD Territorial Review of Bergamo monitors progress over the past 15 years and reassesses the main development challenges the region faces. Globalisation has intensified international competition in Bergamo’s traditional manufacturing sector, and the global financial crisis has exacerbated some of the structural weaknesses of Bergamo’s traditional industrial sectors. The region needs to upgrade production processes to generate more added value in economic activities to remain competitive. The review offers recommendations to help Bergamo transition to higher value-added and more technologically intensive activities. In particular, it calls for: a development plan supported by all local actors; a strategy for improving the skills of the adult population through education and training programmes; stimulating innovation systems; attracting foreign direct investment; and, finally, strategies for boosting the competitiveness of small and medium-sized enterprises.
What impact has the crisis had on innovation and spending on research and development? How can innovation help to solve environmental and social threats? The OECD Science, Technology and Industry Scoreboard 2009 provides the data and analysis to answer these questions.
This paper examines the impact of information and communications technologies (ICTs) on technical production efficiency in a wide range of Italian industries.
Investment in information technologies has by no means been confined to the United States and yet, average European or Japanese growth experience has been quite different.
Regulatory Developments in Xenotransplantation in Italy.
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The strategic importance of a deep and solid culture in science and technology is generally accepted for sustaining the growth of future socio-economic systems. Consequently, great efforts have been made by the most advanced countries to develop ...