Titanium pilot plant launched at CSIR

Science and Technology Minister Derek Hanekom has hailed the opening of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research’s (CSIR’s) titanium pilot plant as “quite a great moment”. He officially inaugurated the plant on Friday, at the CSIR campus, in Pretoria.

“What we are doing today is moving from a resources-based economy to a knowledge-based economy, creating high-quality jobs,” he highlighted in extemporised remarks, in place of his official keynote address, which he did not deliver, explaining that it simply repeated what previous speakers at the opening function had already said. “We are facing massive economic challenges. Times are tough. We need these giant leaps.”
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2012 Global Information Technology Report prepared by INSEAD and the World Ecomomic Forum

INSEAD, the leading international business school, and the World Economic Forum  released the 11th annual 2012 Global Information Technology Report. The Report examines the networked readiness of 142 developed and developing countries worldwide – accounting for over 98 percent of the world’s GDP. The index measures the correlation between how these markets leverage advances in information and communication technologies (ICT) to drive economic productivity and social development. Read more

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Ghana’s telecoms sector has created 1.5 million jobs, report

Aside from providing a wide array of services to Ghana’s population, telecommunications firms in the country play significant roles in developing the West African nation’s economy.

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Knowledge and knowledge workers

“ALTHOUGH the pace may differ, all [rich] economies are moving towards a knowledge based economy.” The OECD made this claim in 1996 and few disagree. The term “knowledge worker” can be traced to Peter Drucker and his 1959 book “The Landmarks of Tomorrow”. Half a century later people still find it difficult to define. Read more

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Services trade and growth

The competitiveness of firms in open economies is increasingly determined by access to low-cost and high-quality producer services. This paper discusses channels through which openness to trade in services may increase productivity at the level of the economy as a whole, industries and the firm, what can be done to enhance production and export of services and how to design policy reforms to open services markets to greater foreign participation.
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Handbook of Service Science

series:Service Science: Research and Innovations in the Service Economy

Traditional service sectors encompass a wide variety of industries ranging from transportation, retail and healthcare to entertainment, banking, and insurance. As the service sector expands into the global economy, a new science of service is emerging, one that is dedicated to encouraging service innovation by applying scientific understanding, engineering discipline, and management practice …
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Ghana Science and Innovation Policy

In recent times the National Development Planning Commission’s (NDPC) articulated its vision for  Ghana in 2015 is “a modern economy based on the development of science and technology.” To  achieve this vision, Ghana will need a modern, efficient framework for promoting science,  technology and innovation (STI) and for managing the country’s STI policies, programs, and  institutions. Ghana’s STI framework should reflect international best practice lessons of experience,  but these should be modified for implementation in Ghana. Read more

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