IBM Viewpoint – December 6, 2011

Enabling Competitiveness Through Public-Private Partnerships

At a time when global competitiveness is being more closely examined, citizens and businesses are concerned about how nations can balance future investments with today’s pressing needs. Over the next week, IBM will raise awareness of the experiences, observations and tactics that nations can use to become more competitive on the global stage. For example, tomorrow IBM and the Skolkovo Foundation in Russia will announce plans to establish a Science and Technology Center and enable an Intellectual Property management system to spur Russian innovation. On Thursday, IBM will host an influencer forum at the Roosevelt House Public Policy Institute in New York City to examine strategies for rekindling American competitiveness.

IBM’s Viewpoint:
With the future of global competitiveness in the spotlight, here’s how you can add to the conversation:

— As governments debate how to drive growth during the current fiscal crisis, IBM is encouraging a renewed focus on public-private partnerships to address competitive challenges. Through increased collaboration with the private sector, governments can leverage a relatively small amount of public investment to mobilize many times that amount in private funding. For example, earlier this year IBMers provided assistance to several Nigerian government agencies by training government employees to manage projects more efficiently and installing technology to share information more effectively.

Innovation through emerging technologies like IBM’s Watson system can help governments better serve citizens and foster important advancements in areas ranging from healthcare, to education and energy -– delivering innovations that will stoke economic growth and create jobs.

— A focus on skills development in key areas such as analytics and System z mainframe technology is important to ensure countries have the high value skills necessary to succeed in the increasingly competitive 21st century global economy. Tomorrow, IBM will announce that more than 1,000 schools worldwide are now teaching courses on mainframe technology, helping equip students with the skills and experience they need to compete and solve some of the world’s most complex computing challenges.

What They’re Saying
“It’s time for public-private partnerships to align education, skills, and jobs.” — Citizen IBM blog post by Cordell Carter, director of Public Policy at the Business Roundtable

Senator Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota said on the Senate floor: “IBM, one of the most innovative companies around, has facilities in Rochester, Minnesota and in the Twin Cities that was granted a record 5,896 patents in 2010. That is why IBM supports this bill. They want to even bring more inventions and more jobs to America.”

“They are creating not only an impact on communities and small businesses, but they are applying the unique and powerful IBM assets to catalyze a movement around service.” — Peter Bankole, director, Enterprise Development Centre of PAN African University

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