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Author World Bank Forum on Knowledge for Development in the Middle East and North Africa (2002 : Marseille, France)

Title Knowledge Economies in the Middle East and North Africa : Toward New Development Strategies
Published Washington, D.C. : World Bank, [2003]
©2003
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Description 1 online resource (xii, 82 pages) : illustrations
Series WBI learning resources series
WBI learning resources series.
World Bank e-Library.
Contents 1. Overview -- 2. The Challenge: Changing the Growth Model -- 3. Knowledge and Economic Development: Recent Trends -- 4. MENA Countries' Readiness for the Knowledge Economy: A Snapshot -- 5. Social and Economic Frameworks -- 6. Education and Training -- 7. Innovation and Research -- 8. Telecommunications and the Information Infrastructure -- 9. Visions and Strategies -- 10. Conclusion -- App. Benchmarking MENA Countries' Readiness for the Knowledge Economy -- Documents Presented at the World Bank Forum on Knowledge for Development in the Middle East and North Africa, September 9-12, 2002, Marseilles, France
Summary This book analyzes the development of knowledge-based economies in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). Its principal messages are: Because of the so-called "knowledge revolution" resulting from the rapid growth in information and communication technologies (ICT), the acceleration of technical change and the intensification of globalization, a new form of economic development is taking shape worldwide. The knowledge revolution presents MENA countries with challenges and opportunities. They need to take advantage of this new source of growth and employment. To date, related investments in education, information infrastructure, research and development (R & D), and innovation have been insufficient or inappropriate in most MENA countries. Moreover, inadequate economic and institutional frameworks prevent these investments from yielding desired results. MENA countries risk falling further behind in the world economy. Urgent action is needed to advance structural reform and to intensify and adapt knowledge-related investments. These messages concur with those of two important recent reports on Arab economies by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP, 2002) and the World Economic Forum (2003). While there seems to be agreement on what needs to be done in the region, the question of how to achieve the desired results is unfortunately often left unexplored. This is to be the focus of further World Bank conferences
Notes Papers from the World Bank Forum on Knowledge for Development in the Middle East and North Africa, Sept. 9-12, 2002, Marseilles, France
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 79-80)
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Subject Education and state -- Africa, North -- Congresses.
Education and state -- Middle East -- Congresses.
Information technology -- Africa, North -- Management -- Congresses.
Information technology -- Middle East -- Management -- Congresses.
Knowledge management -- Africa, North -- Congresses.
Knowledge management -- Middle East -- Congresses.
Technological innovations -- Economic aspects -- Africa, North -- Congresses.
Technological innovations -- Economic aspects -- Middle East -- Congresses.
Technology and state -- Africa, North -- Congresses.
Technology and state -- Middle East -- Congresses.
Africa, North -- Economic conditions -- Congresses.
Middle East -- Economic conditions -- 1979- -- Congresses.
Genre/Form Conference papers and proceedings.
Kongress.
Marseille (2002)
Conference papers and proceedings.
Form Electronic book
Author Aubert, Jean-Eric.
Reiffers, Jean-Louis.
ISBN 0585495181 (electronic bk.)
0821357018
9780585495187 (electronic bk.)
9780821357019