BRUSSELS, 22 November 2011– A report presented today by the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) at the Spanish Permanent Representation to the EU gathered high-level representatives from the diplomatic community in Brussels and the European Commission.
The launched was opened by Luis Planas Puchades, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Spain to the European Union. Statements were delivered by Christophe Yvetot, UNIDO Representative to the European Union and Prof. Jan Wouters, Director of the Leuven Centre for Global Governance Studies. In the following debate, Françoise Moreau, Head of the EU Development Policy Formulation Unit (DEVCO) and Hélène-Diane Dage, Deputy Head of the Support for Industrial Innovation Unit (DG-Industry) were among the key commentators.
The report establishes a new Connectedness Index, the first attempt to measure knowledge networks for private sector policy. Switzerland topped the global ranking, followed by Sweden, The Netherlands, the United States, Finland, Singapore, Norway, Canada, the UK, France, Australia, Japan, Malaysia, the Czech Republic, New Zealand, Israel, Slovenia, the Republic of Korea, and Thailand.
Titled “Networks for prosperity: achieving development goals through knowledge sharing”, the report was funded by the Spanish MDG Achievement Fund (MDG-F) as part of a project that aims to establish a global knowledge system for private sector development. The report lays the basis for policy recommendations that will help developing countries acquire and adapt private sector development know-how.
Networks for Prosperity demonstrates that the ‘connectedness’ of a country has a strong positive relationship with various measures for its economic performance, justifying the growing interest of policy-makers in knowledge networks. Specific issues related to the governance of international, inter-organizational and intra-organizational networks are discussed in separate chapters. These are illustrated with detailed examples from twelve countries: Bolivia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Egypt, El Salvador, Ethiopia, Panama, Peru, Serbia, Turkey and Viet Nam, all of which are currently implementing MDG-F private sector development programmes.
The report has been jointly produced by UNIDO and the Centre for Global Governance Studies in Leuven, Belgium, under the overall umbrella of the MDG-F, with inputs from various public and private institutions in more than fifteen countries as well as contributions from programme managers, practitioners and experts.
The publication was also presented in Vienna, Busan and New York.