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Remarks by Prime Minister Modi of India in Joint Press Statement with President Trump

I am very clear about the fact that India’s interests lie in a strong, and prosperous, and successful America.  In the same way, India’s development and its growing role at the international level are in the USA’s interest.

One of our common priorities will be the development of trade, commerce, and investment links.  And in this regard, in the technology, innovation, and knowledge-economy sectors, the expansion and deepening of cooperation is also among our priorities.  Towards this end, we shall take steps to further strengthen our successful digital partnership. Full Remarks

Commissioner Moedas: “Research & Innovation – Shaping Our Future”

As policy makers, we must also step outside of our comfort zones. For example, I very much welcome the fact that the Lamy group included education in their report and proposed some new ideas. Such as including more training activities in collaborative research projects. Or introducing incentives for university reforms. And capitalising on the education and training activities of the EIT Knowledge and Innovation Communities.

I also fully agree with the need to break down the silos between the Framework Programme and Structural Funds. This is very important to really integrate the EU13 Member States in the global knowledge economy.  Rest

 Cristina Garmendia, Chair, Fundación Codec and member of the HLG #Innov4Impact – speaking about the first recommendation of the HLG report on maximising the impact of future EU R&I programmes.


UK, UAE, India, & Scotland

Inspire the young vote with an upbeat vision of Brexit

Paul Marshall is chairman of Marshall Wace (a hedge fund in London) and co-chaired the Prosperity UK conference. He writes in a personal capacity. The following is an excerpt from his June 12th opinion piece in the Financial Times.

The message must be crafted for the young, for it is they who will inherit this economy and it is they who are being taken in by Mr Corbyn’s blandishments. A core component must be a more generous vision of immigration, which recognises the limits to the absorption capacity of some communities but equally recognises the vital importance of skilled workers and the place of our universities at the heart of any knowledge economy. Students must be taken out of the immigration numbers. And our universities must be brought together to help set a national strategy for the knowledge economy.  Rest


UAE prepares for post-oil era

“Our Future initiative is a foundation upon which we can create a knowledge economy by supporting innovative ideas and start-ups that propose solutions to the challenges of the future and growing them into a global phenomenon,” said Mohamed Tajeddine Al Qadhi, Director-General of Sandooq Al Watan.

“The initiative is unique because it supports the projects from inception – all the way to growing the company into a local and global leader.”

The initiative is aligned with the UAE leadership’s directives, particularly His Highness Sheikh Mohamed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, to set plans for a sustainable knowledge economy in the post-oil era.  Rest


Ideas and ivory towers

The knowledge economy demands seamless interaction between government, academia, industry

A former professor of robotics at the Georgia Institute of Technology has helped create a robotic tailor that can stitch a perfect circle: If you can stitch a perfect circle, then you can perform almost any complicated sewing task that, in the past, could only have been undertaken by skilled and experienced hands. The only seemingly viable option for the garments industry in the Asian region is to seek to import such machines. There goes a part of our plan to keep unemployment figures down.

There are many lessons that need to be imbibed by us in India from this troubling future of the garments industry. These lessons transcend the garments industry and need to be brought to the attention of educationists, policymakers and several arms of the government. The success of this robotic stitching device provides us with a near-perfect example of the power of a knowledge-based economy.  Rest


Nicola Sturgeon: Scotland and the devolved governments must have their say before any more Brexit negotiations

Our natural resources, our long-standing reputation for innovation and our educated workforce give Scotland a head-start. The European Single Market, already the world’s biggest, represents a massive opportunity for these areas of Scottish strength – in the digital economy, the services sector, energy, retail, the green and knowledge economy.  Rest


So much of the economic action these days is in the knowledge economy, rather than in products that move across the border in tractor­trailers.

The majority of the value of the Standard and Poor’s 500 is now tied up in intangible things – intellectual property, data, brands and the like. Many of the largest and fastest- growing companies – public and private – are in areas such as social media (Facebook, Twitter and Snap), cloud computing (Amazon and Microsoft), online streaming and content (Netflix, Google, Apple and Spotify), e­commerce (Amazon and eBay), ride sharing (Uber) and online payments (PayPal).  Rest


The Brexit column: Smart trade

The UK should promote its knowledge economy in signing free trade deals after Brexit, says Shenoa Simpson, a KPMG trade expert.

… The UK has a completely blank canvas, but what will it paint upon it? For me, the direction of travel is clear. The UK’s competitive advantage now lies in the knowledge economy. Areas like  media and the creative arts; research and innovation in industries from pharma to aerospace; the shape-shifting innovation of our financial services and the fintech sector. In carving out trade policy to govern these less tangible – but extremely precious – resources, the UK could become something of a pioneer.  Rest

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Greater precision in finding the target comes only with better knowledge, or, more specifically, data. In our increasingly digitised knowledge economy, we are generating, capturing and analysing data at volumes and speeds that are accelerating exponentially.

Through access to high-quality data, artificial intelligence (AI) programmes can ensure messages to and communications with customers hit the correct target time after time. The more an AI programme knows about a client’s preferences and priorities, the better it can meet and even anticipate future needs.  Rest


@Richard_FloridaTraditionally, it was thought that people follow jobs. We move for money, right? Accordingly, cities shelled out big incentive packages in order to lure companies and factories. But with the rise of the knowledge economy, the opposite notion has gained sway: Highly skilled and talented people—the knowledge and professional workers, artists, musicians, and media workers that comprise the creative class—have the ability to pick where they want to live and then create and attract companies.  Rest


On 19 May 2017, Hassan Rouhani was elected President of Iran for a second four-year term. Among the challenges he will face: the pursuit of transition to a knowledge economy in a context of low foreign direct investment (FDI). …

Vision 2025 foresaw an investment of US$ 3.7 trillion by 2025 to finance the transition to a knowledge economy. It was intended for one-third of this amount to come from abroad but, so far, FDI has remained elusive. It has contributed less than 1% of GDP since 2006 and just 0.5% of GDP in 2014.  Rest


Knowledge Summit announced

DUBAI: The fourth annual Knowledge Summit – “Knowledge and the 4th Industrial Revolution” – is scheduled to take place on Nov.21-23, 2017, reveals the Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Knowledge Foundation (MBRF).  …

“The activities held during the Knowledge Summit add tremendous momentum to the event,” Jamal Bin Huwaireb [CEO MBRF] continued, “especially as it hosts the awards ceremony of the Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Knowledge Award, which honours those who play an effective role in the efforts to build a knowledge economy and preserve intellectual assets. The Summit also constitutes the official platform to reveal the results of the Arab Knowledge Index and the Arab Reading Index – both accurate scientific tools that track the status of knowledge and reading in the Arab region.”  Rest


Addressing to the conference UNEC rector Adalat Muradov stressed that knowledge comes to the fore in all spheres of life, and in the modern era the most of states try to build their society in the direction of concept “knowledge society” and economy basis of the concept of “knowledge economy“.

“It is no coincidence that in the post-oil period Azerbaijan sees its economic growth precisely in the creation of economy, based on knowledge and innovation. The period until 2025 is characterized as period of transition to knowledge-based economy, and its formation on the basis of mutual integration triangle “education-science-production” implies formation of the knowledge economy,” Muradov emphasized.

In his opinion, that is why today the idea of “classical university” begins to be replaced by concepts of “entrepreneurial university”, “multiversity”.

“In the modern period the universities, playing an important role in the formation of the knowledge economy, create serious positive influence on the development of the economy. They mainly realize this function by training qualified specialists, creating new knowledge, their application and sharing.  Rest


The UAE Knowledge Economy

Dubai Launches First-Ever Dubai Association Conference

Inaugural event will take place 11-12 December 2017, offering an exclusive platform for associations to network and expand their regional footprint

Dubai, United Arab Emirates – The Dubai Association Centre (DAC), a joint initiative of the Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DCCI), in collaboration with the Dubai Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM) and Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC), has announced the launch of the first-ever Dubai Association Conference which will be held 11-12 December 2017, at the Dubai World Trade Centre. The event, a first of its kind in the region, reinforces the crucial role associations play in Dubai’s socio-economic development and its transition to a knowledge-based economy. The announcement was made at the prestigious Associations World Congress that is currently underway in Vienna, Austria.

Issam Kazim, Chief Executive Officer of Dubai Corporation for Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DCTCM), said: “It is undeniable that trade and professional associations play a key role in driving social integration, competitiveness, and knowledge sharing, and therefore support in the development of a knowledge economy.  Rest

Unleash power of scientific research to stimulate the UAE knowledge economy

It is an exciting time for scientific research and development in the UAE. As the country seeks to expand and enhance the contribution of the knowledge economy to the UAE’s social and economic development there is a growing recognition of the vital contribution of scientific R&D.

The significant social and economic advantages that a country can gain from scientific research occur by design, not by accident. That strategic design is now taking shape in the UAE in the form of updated and enhanced scientific research policies, space programmes, educational reforms and investment in research intensive institutions.

South Korea offers an excellent example of how decades of sustained investment in R&D can transform an economy based on construction and low tech manufacturing to a high-tech knowledge economy – one that is now competing with Silicon Valley as the next global hub for tech start-ups.  Rest