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The Institute for Competitiveness India has carried out a study in which the 2008 City Microeconomic Competitiveness Index maps the competitiveness of 10 leading cities on a highly evolved framework of multiple dimensions encompassing 225 indicators.
Michael E Porter, one of the world's most influential thinkers on management and competitiveness, was interviewed by Amit Kapoor, Professor of Strategy at Management Development Institute, Gurgaon.
Orkestra-Basque Institute of Competitiveness is TCI organizational member since it was founded in 2006 with the objective of providing support to public bodies, socio-economic agents and all the higher education centres in the Basque Country in aspects related to competitiveness. Through this interaction with different agents, Orkestra combines scientific and real-world knowledge in 'orchestrating' the Basque Country towards sustainable competitiveness. Research is focused in four key areas: Clusters, Regional Development and Innovation, Entrepreneurship, Strategy and Welfare.
A parallel session on "Hot Topics in cluster" chaired by Michael Enright took place during the 2008 TCI Annual Global Conference in Cape Town. Participants discussed about some key cluster related issues or "hot topics". This session provided the opportunity for cluster practitioners to share their experiences in small groups around key topics facing the success of clustering projects. The session was planned to define subjects to bring forward to TCI discussions and future conferences.
Many agencies and organisations involved in cluster work have begun to evaluate cluster programmes. More and more people are interested on the challenges that the evaluation process involves. This was reflected on the "Evaluation Workshop" in TCI Conference in Cape Town, which was followed with great interest by participants.
The Pan African Competitiveness Forum (PACF) is a new continent-wide competence and action centre for innovation and cluster based competitiveness approaches to national and regional economic development in Africa.
Taking advantage of the "5th Eastern African Regional Conference on Innovation Systems and Innovative Clusters in Africa" celebrated in Maputo, Mozambique on August 25-27th and building on the momentum created in Addis Ababa - the 1st Pan African Competitiveness Forum (PACF) - the PACF Executive and Advisory Boards held their second Advisory Board Meetings on August 28-29.
The Ist Pan African Competitiveness Forum (PACF) has successfully launched a new continent-wide competence and action centre for an innovation and cluster based competitiveness approach to national and regional economic development.
Developing Desert Directions: Rethinking the Future Alice Springs-Australia, 3-6 November 2008
This international study grew from the TCI 2007 Annual Conference in Portland-USA, and shows the benefit of cluster practitioners getting together, agreeing to work together and moving knowledge of clusters forward.
Erica Elk, Director at the in South Africa has been one of the participants of the Pan African Competitiveness Forum in Addis Ababa in April and allows us to share her reflections on the Forum. This article was part of a monthly newsletter from the Western Cape Craft Initiative.
Article by Arthur Bayhan, member of TCI Board of Directors Globalisation is a reality that countries in the Middle East can no longer escape and competitiveness is the only way to benefit from globalization and not become its victim.
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. 14-16 April 2008 Two hundred participants from more than 30 countries will meet at the first Pan African Competitiveness Forum (PACF) in Addis Ababa. PACF will be launched as a new continent-wide competence and action center on innovation and cluster based competitiveness initiatives in Africa. PACF will support stakeholders from business, knowledge institutions and government to respond more effectively to the unique challenges and opportunities that Africa is facing in the global competition. The conference is organized by the African Union (AU), the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) and TCI-The Competitiveness Institute See Press Release
21 December 2007, USA Washington -- There is a joke in Silicon Valley, California, that says, "If two people from different high-tech companies go out to lunch together, by the time they're eating dessert, a third company has been formed".
As part of the celebration of the Carl Linnaeus 300 year anniversary The Competitiveness Institute - TCI has been co-organizer of the Pan-African Innovation and Cluster Competitiveness Symposium in Cape Town, September 17-18. The aim was to enhance the efficiency of social economic activities financed by aid organizations, with business on commercial conditions. At the symposium representatives from 10 African countries as well as the African Union attended and discussed actions needed encourage new initiatives on cluster initiatives for poverty reduction and regional developments.
On April 25, competitiveness stakeholders in Ethiopia, Ghana, South Africa, Tanzania and Uganda convened with representatives from AU, UNIDO, USAID and JICA at a TCI organized forum in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The purpose was to, after having presented the achievements of a number of cluster-based competitiveness initiatives in Africa, discuss further development of the Pan Africa Competitiveness Forum (PACF) as an instrument for accelerated industrialization, value addition in production and increased trade competitiveness in Africa.
A feasibility study - sponsored by SPEED Ghana (GTZ/Danida) carried out by Innogate Inc (Thomas Winther, TCI Commissioner West Africa) in collaboration with The Danida Centre, University of Ghana Business School recommends that innovation and competitiveness is encouraged through active facilitation in the following three emerging clusters in Ghana:
At the Annual Conference in Lyon 2006, cluster practitioners and other stakeholders from business, academia, government and development partners in 8 African countries took the first steps towards "The Pan-African Competitiveness Forum", a collaborative platform for exchange of experiences and mutual learning on cluster initiatives. With the mission to improve living standards and local competitiveness of regions across the world by further development of national and regional cluster initiatives, TCI is committed to work for the implementation of the following agenda during the period of 2007-09.
Initial list of Members of the Pan-African Competitiveness Forum:
On 7 December 2006 19 stakeholders representing business, knowledge institutions and government met at The Ministry of Trade, Industry, Private Sector and President's Special Initiative for the 3rd Stakeholder Seminar of partnerships4competitiveness.