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The Fontainebleau Forum is the eighth in this series of flagship events that the World Bank is organizing in partnership with INSEAD Business School to support ECA countries 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 Istanbul Forum engaged 25 client countries, as well as youth participants, in a dialogue on improving the business environment to stimulate private sector growth.
  • The 2006 Prague Forum focused on innovation and technology absorption for economic growth, while the 2007 Cambridge Forum analyzed the “Cambridge Phenomenon” and discussed the role of government in supporting knowledge networks and technology acquisition.
  • The seventh, and most recent, 2008 Ancona Forum, addressed the evolution of industrial clusters and the contributions of academic and government in the development of small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs).

World Bank Team
Press Contacts
KEF VIII Rationale
KEF VIII Structure
KEF VIII Plenary Sessions
KEF VIII Interviews
Press Conference
Day 1: April 29, 2009
Day 2: April 30, 2009
Day 3: May 1, 2009
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