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New Geography of Innovation and the Impact of the Economic Crisis

Geography of Innovation
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Innovation is central to both economic growth and economic progress. An exchange of experience is needed on innovation systems, the diffusion of scientific and technical know-how, and the role of public policy in smart and effective research and development.      

This symposium will bring together a group of experienced practitioners from countries that have created productive innovation systems, and officials who are engaged in an effort to harness innovation to enhance growth.

Participants will include approximately 30 policymakers, academics, experts on the topic of innovation, as well as staff from the Growth Dialogue, the OECD, and the World Bank. A wide range of countries will be represented, including Argentina, Brazil, Belgium, Chile, China, Colombia, Finland, France, India, Indonesia, Korea, Malaysia, South Africa, the United States, and Vietnam. 

During the symposium, participants will discuss various aspects of innovation policy and its link to economic growth, review country experiences, and will aim to converge on key lessons for the global economy and for countries that are critical for continued globalization.

Facilitators from OECD and the World Bank Institute will aid in the deliberations. The OECD and the Growth Dialogue will jointly prepare a document synthesizing the views expressed at the meeting. In addition, short notes by the lead speakers, together with summary of remarks by commentators, will be made available.

The symposium will take place January 19 and 20, 2012 at the OECD headquarters in Paris. It is being organized by the Growth Dialogue in cooperation with the OECD and the World Bank Institute.

For more information and related documents please see the symposium website.