Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/146278
Authors: 
Fessehaie, Judith
Rustomjee, Zavareh
Kaziboni, Lauralyn
Year of Publication: 
2016
Series/Report no.: 
WIDER Working Paper 2016/84
Abstract: 
This paper explores the linkages between the national systems of innovation of Botswana, South Africa, Zambia, and Zimbabwe and their respective mineral extraction and mineral processing value chains, including input industries. Our analysis reveals four individual national systems of innovation, with different outcomes in terms of engineering skills development, technical vocational education and training, research and development, innovation capabilities, and competitiveness of the domestic engineering consultancy services. These national systems of innovation are tentatively interconnected as an embryonic regional system of innovation, including institutional relationships, cross-border investment flows, flows of mining-related goods and services, and intra-Southern African Development Community flows of students, lecturers, technicians, and engineers. Notwithstanding important dynamics related to skills development and competence building happening across borders, more collaborative and synergistic initiatives between government, industry, and teaching and research institutions are required to shape a more balanced and coherent regional systems of innovation.
Subjects: 
national system of innovation
linkage development
human capital and industrialization
southern Africa
resource-based industrialization
Southern African Development Community
JEL: 
L5
L6
O1
O25
O38
Q32
ISBN: 
978-92-9256-127-7
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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