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UNECE will host seminar on "Promoting Innovation in the Services Sector" Geneva, 25 March 2010

UNECE will host seminar on "Promoting Innovation in the Services Sector"
Geneva, 25 March 2010

The development of services is a major source of productivity growth in modern economies, as it provides critical inputs for other activities and makes possible new forms of activities and business models.
Despite the increasing importance of services, the promotion of innovation in this sector is a relatively new policy area. Countries are at different stages in the conceptualisation and implementation of relevant strategies. Specific choices are required to translate policy documents into concrete operational measures. Overall, there is a need to develop further the understanding of innovation in services and raise policy awareness.
How to overcome the implicit bias against services in traditional innovation policies? What are the relevant concepts and measures to provide a sound basis for intervention? How effective policy learning, including at the transnational level, can be facilitated?
Do we need specific strategies tailored to the peculiar characteristics of innovation in the services sector? What is the role of new marketing, organizational forms, business models and other types of non-technological innovation? What are the challenges and opportunities created by the growing internationalization of services activities? How to develop the necessary staff skills for a competitive and innovative services sector?
These and other related issues will be addressed and discussed at this Applied Policy Seminar by high-level policy-makers, senior academics and other practitioners and experts from the UNECE member States.
The Applied Policy Seminar will be held on 25 March 2010 and is part of the agenda of the third session of the UNECE Team of Specialists on Innovation and Competitiveness Policies, which will take place on 25-26 March 2010.
The full programme of the Conference is available at:
For further information, please contact:
José Palacín

Palais des Nations, Office 449

CH-1211 Geneva 10, Switzerland

Phone: +41 (0)22 917 1643

Fax: +41 (0)22 917 0178

Ref: ECE/ECID/10/P01

United Nations Economic Commission for Europe

Information Unit

Tel.: +41 (0) 22 917 12 34

Email: [email protected]

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