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The specific objectives of KEF VI were to build on the messages emerging from past events to:

1. Discuss how governments in ECA countries can devise and implement stronger policies to build absorptive capacity of knowledge and technology, taking account of the need to foster training, foreign direct investment (FDI), information technology (IT) use, and entrepreneurship;

2. Stimulate an exchange of experiences on these issues among ECA country representatives.  Exchanges between the new EU member states and other ECA countries will be particularly encouraged (e.g., through the presentation of case studies on successful reform efforts by representatives of the new EU member states);

3. Stimulate a dialogue among the various government ministries, research institutions and business constituencies on issues related to the role of knowledge and networks, competition policy, private sector role in technology transfer, innovation and productivity growth; and

4. Strengthen the dialogue between representatives of ECA countries and the multilateral agencies participating in the event to improve the relevance and quality of TA and operational support – including the World Bank, the European Union, the European Investment Bank, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development, and the World Intellectual Property Organization – and facilitate coordination among the agencies on all initiatives aimed at improving innovation driven growth in the region.


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