Title: Building a prosperous global knowledge economy in Africa: Rwanda as a case study

Authors: Romain Murenzi, Mike Hughes

Addresses: Minister in President's Office in Charge of Science and Technology, Technology and Scientific Research, Rwanda. ' Science, Technology and Scientific Research, Rwandan Ministry, President's Office, Rwanda

Abstract: It is evident that strategies need to be undertaken to reverse the decline of Africa|s share of world trade. This paper argues that through the development of regional and sub-regional integration, coupled with the development of national science and technological innovative and entrepreneurship skills, the fortunes can be reversed. The study focuses on Rwanda and reviews the policies and strategies to acquire and create knowledge linked to knowledge transfer and innovation to stimulate and develop the national economy in particular encouraging the private sector as an engine of growth. It emphasises the importance of regional cooperation to open larger markets and economies of scale.

Keywords: global knowledge economy; technology integration; regional integration; reconstruction innovation; knowledge acquisition; knowledge creation; knowledge transfer; economic growth; economic development; Rwanda; Africa; science and technology; entrepreneurship.

DOI: 10.1504/IJTG.2006.011914

International Journal of Technology and Globalisation, 2006 Vol.2 No.3/4, pp.252 - 267

Available online: 31 Dec 2006 *

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