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16 August 2005

A 116 page report by the South Carolina Council on Competitiveness was released last month. It contains a detailed strategy for the state on how to become more competitive nationally and internationally.

19 June 2005

Juergen Knorr, who was chief executive officer of Siemens semiconductor division, has taken the position of CEO of Dubai Silicon Oasis (DSO), a technology initiative being created at an estimated overall cost of $1.3 billion in the middle-eastern Emirate of Dubai.

19 June 2005

A new partnership known as the Forest Research Opportunity B.C. (British Columbia) was recently brought together on the 1st of June. It is a new collaborative forest-research effort in order to harness the research and innovation capabilities present in British Columbia and furthermore to improve the competitiveness of the forest industry and increase the economic and social value of Canada's forests which are vital parts of Canada's economy and society.

01 June 2005

Proposals for the project to create a framework for establishing the "Competitiveness Observatory" in Jordan.

20 March 2005

In the recently published World Economic Forum's Global Information Technology Report, Singapore took the top billing out of a list of 104 countries. The report ranks Singapore as the top economy in exploiting global information and communications technology (ICT) developments.

20 March 2005

The government of Ras Al Khaimah, one of the United Arab Emirates has signed a joint venture agreement with the Swiss Centre for Electronics and Microtechnology (CSEM) in order to set up a Technology Innovation Centre.

20 March 2005

Hefei, capital of Central China's Anhui Province, is to become the new home to China's first ever "Science City". The city is actively seeking new technological industries and striving for efficient use of energy and raw materials.

20 February 2005

The United Arab Emirates has announced plans to create a 400 million dollar research and development park in Dubai. The park will be called DuBiotech and is a bid to embrace biotechnology as a tool for economic and social development.

22 October 2004

Portland is more and more becoming a centre for Linux, the computer software that according to several experts will be neighbour town´s Microsoft's biggest competitor in the future.

24 September 2004

Mechatronics sounds like a new video game but may be a major economic driver for Virginia (U.S.) in the future. Mechatronics is the synergy of mechanical engineering, electronic engineering , and software engineering. Mechatronics companies are involved in the production of planetary-rovers (like the one used for the exploration of Mars), automotive subsystems such as anti-block system and every day equipment such as autofocus cameras and washing machines.

21 April 2004

Michael Porter will attend a forum in China in June to share his visions with growing Chinese enterprises.

17 February 2004

The Institute of Developing Economies (IDE) in Japan, under its current mandate to provide for the "expansion of trade relations and [to] promote economic cooperation with all developing countries and regions," is currently embarking upon a major research project that could provide valuable insight into the true impact clusters have had on the Asian economy.

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