The sixth annual Knowledge Economy Forum (KEF VI) on “Technology Acquisition and Knowledge Networks” took place in Cambridge, England, April 17-19, 2007.
This was the sixth Knowledge Economy Forum that the World Bank organized to support countries in ECA in their transition to becoming increasingly knowledge-based. The first such Forum took place in 2002 in Paris and focused on the definition of national knowledge economy strategies, primarily in EU accession countries. The 2003 Helsinki Forum hosted discussions on issues related to the implementation of knowledge economy strategies and targeted both EU accession and EU candidate countries. The 2004 Budapest Forum focused on the role of knowledge in enhancing countries’ competitiveness and included delegates from countries in the Balkans and Central Asia. The 2005 Forum in Turkey engaged 25 client countries, including first-time delegations from Belarus, Kyrgyz Republic, Moldova, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan, as well as youth participants, in a dialogue on improving the business environment and using knowledge to stimulate private sector growth. The 2006 Prague Forum focused on innovation and technology absorption for economic growth and was the fifth and most recent in a series of flagship events, organized by ECA Vice-Presidency with the Government of the Czech Republic. The 2007 Cambridge Forum intended to elaborate on the themes discussed during previous events, while discussing new dimensions related to the role of government in supporting knowledge networks and technology acquisition