World Development

Special Section: Foreign Technology and Indigenous Innovation in the Emerging Economies
Edited by Xiaolan Fu, Carlo Pietrobelli and Luc Soete
Volume 39, Issue 7, Pages 1065-1270 (July 2011)

The Role of Foreign Technology and Indigenous Innovation in the Emerging Economies: Technological Change and Catching-up
Pages 1204-1212
Xiaolan Fu, Carlo Pietrobelli, Luc Soete

Indigenous and Foreign Innovation Efforts and Drivers of Technological Upgrading: Evidence from China
Pages 1213-1225
Xiaolan Fu, Yundan Gong

Foreign Direct Investment and R&D: Substitutes or Complements—A Case of Indian Manufacturing after 1991 Reforms
Pages 1226-1239
Subash Sasidharan, Vinish Kathuria

Sources of External Technology, Absorptive Capacity, and Innovation Capability in Chinese State-Owned High-Tech Enterprises
Pages 1240-1248
Xibao Li

Patterns of Innovation Practices of Multinational-affiliates in Emerging Economies: Evidences from Brazil and India
Pages 1249-1260
Eliane Franco, Sangeeta Ray, Pradeep Kanta Ray

Global Value Chains Meet Innovation Systems: Are There Learning Opportunities for Developing Countries?
Pages 1261-1269
Carlo Pietrobelli, Roberta Rabellotti

The Special Section on 'Foreign Technology and Indigenous Innovation in the Emerging Economies', which stress that the benefits of FDI and international technology on development in host economies "can only be delivered with parallel indigenous innovation efforts and the presence of modern institutional and governance structures and conductive innovation systems." (Fu, Pietrobelli and Soete)

By using a diversity of empirical evidences, the 6 papers included in this Special Section give strength to the main conclusion risen in UNCTAD publication that "policies need to be carefully designed and sequenced" to achieve a better integration between FDI and local development.

Dr Xiaolan Fu
Director of Technology and Management for Development Program
Fellow of Green-Templeton College

University of Oxford


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Date: 5 July 2011 12:23:27 PM GMT-03:00
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Subject: [AIB-L] Launching of latest report: How to Integrate FDI and Skill Development: Lessons from Canada and Singapore
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Dear Members of the World Investment Network,

It is my pleasure to inform you that UNCTAD has just launched a publication entitled "How to Integrate FDI and Skill Development: Lessons from Canada and Singapore<>", the fifth instalment of UNCTAD´s Investment Advisory Series B.

The study focuses on identifying policies that can be used to integrate foreign direct investment (FDI) and skill development. It identifies policy experiences and best practices from two countries that consistently rank high in terms of human resource development and have incorporated FDI into their respective skill-development processes. The report says that transnational corporations (TNCs), being on average more productive and technology-intensive than domestic firms, tend to bring positive contributions to local economies, including in the form of skills development, but that the positive impact of FDI inflows on the local skills base is not automatic. Policies need to be carefully designed and sequenced to achieve that goal.

The Investment Advisory B series focuses on case studies of best practices in policy and strategic matters related to foreign investment and development.  It is intended to help policy makers and complements the A series, which deals with issues related to investment promotion and facilitation and the work of investment promotion agencies (IPAs) and similar institutions.

We hope you find the paper interesting and look forward to hearing your views.

Best regards,

James X. Zhan
Investment & Enterprise Division
United Nations Conference on Trade & Development
Palais des Nations, Geneva
Tel: +41 22 9175797<>://<>uk/<>owa/<>UrlBlockedError.<>aspx

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