BRICS Innovation Panel - South Africa,Pretoria , 29th January 2010

The objective of the BRICS Innovation panel for South Africa is to disseminate the interim findings of the South African component of the BRICS project to a wider South African audience.

Target audience
The target audience for the Innovation panel consists of academics, government agencies concerned with various aspects of the national system of innovation, NGOs and independent research organisations and international organisations. 

Main Outcomes
The response to the public seminar of the 29th January has been favourable, with a lively discussion of the research findings and a number of requests for a pre-publication circulation of a selection of the research output among the university sector as the basis for a research and teaching resource.  The construction of a website will be the location of this material which will be located within the IERI website and linked to the faculty and university sites.  The publication titled “Transforming South Africa’s National System of Innovation for Accelerated and Shared Growth and Development” has been edited and proof read and marks the start of selected research output for future dissemination.





10:00-10:30 Introduction    Rasigan Maharajh
10:30-11:15 SA NSI           Rasigan Maharajh
11:15-11:45 State Mario Scerri
11:45-12:15 Finance Michael Kahn
12:15-12:45 TNCs   Glenn Robbins
12:45-13:30 LUNCH  
13:30-14:00 SMEs  Lindile Ndabeni
14:00-14:30 Inequality Luci Abrahams
14:30-15:30 Future agenda for the BRICS project Panel



Introduction to the BRICS Research Project of GLOBELICS Rasigan Maharajah
Transforming SA’s NSI for Accelerated and Shared Growth and Development Rasigan Maharajah
The role of the state in the NSI Mario Scerri
BRICS: The Financing of Innovation Michael Khan
Innovation System and Inequality: The Experience of South Africa Luci Abrahams  and Thomas Pogue
SMMEs in National System of Innovation Lindile  Ndabeni