Sunday, 10 July 2011

Weekend Cuttings

Kenya step up efforts to fight counterfeiting - the Kenya Pharmacy and Poisons Board and their Anti-Counterfeit Agency collaborate according a recent regional conference report but the situation in East Africa still seems desperate.

Insead's Global Innovation Index results: among Sub-Saharan African economies, Mauritius (53rd) achieves the top regional spot while South Africa (59th) is the runner-up. Ghana comes next at position 70, and is ranked first among economies classified as low-income throughout all regions. The top 10 economies in the Innovation Efficiency Index (examines how economies leverage their enabling environments to stimulate innovation results) are Côte d’Ivoire, Nigeria, China, Pakistan, Moldova, Sweden, Brazil, Argentina, India, and Bangladesh. Afro Leo suspects that Mauritius's top performance has more to do with its favourable tax laws than it being a beacon of African innovation. Comments welcome.

RSA's newly formed CIPC Companies and Intellectual Property Commission is addressing its problems according to this article in ITWeb. The South African Institute of Chartered Accountants gets some credit but the South African Institute of Intellectual Property Law, nought.

The colourful characters, brands and events that helped shape South Africa are the heroes of a new book from Affinity Publishing - From Groot Constantia to Google: 1685 - 2010 - due to hit the shelves at the end of July. Afro Leo had been combing his mane in anticipation of a snap inclusion, alas.

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