A European Union report released Thursday showed big differences in the level of Internet use among EU nations, with Benelux and Nordic countries leading the way and eastern and southeastern Europe generally lagging behind. In the Netherlands, 78 percent of households are connected to the Net, compared to just 16 percent in Lithuania.
According to a report published by the UK Office for National Statistics, investment in computers and software by firms, Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) and internet use by employees, as well as e-commerce activity, are associated with higher value added per worker.
In its final report, a small group of four high-level experts urges Europe’s leaders to take radical action on research and innovation “before it is too late” and calls for a Pact for Research and Innovation to be signed by political, business and social leaders to show their commitment to creating an Innovative Europe.
Remarkable growth in a small number of emerging Asian economies, led by China, is challenging the leadership of North America, Europe and Japan in research and development (R&D), according to the newly published UNESCO Science Report 2005.
The 2005 edition of World Knowledge Competitiveness Index (WKCI) is published today by Robert Huggins Associates. The WKCI conciders to be the only composite and relative measure of the knowledge economies of the world’s leading regions.
WASHINGTON, November 29, 2005 – The Board of Directors of the World Bank approved today a loan in the amount of US$60 million for a Knowledge Economy Project for Romania.
Geneva, 18 November 2005 — The second phase of the World Summit on the Information Society closed today after almost a week of intense negotiations, eight plenary sessions, 308 parallel events organized by 264 organizations and 33 press conferences attracting around 19’000 participants worldwide.