Addressing the brain drain
Helsinki – A proposal for national innovation strategy has laid down new outlines for reforming Finland’s innovation policy, and has presented an action programme for their implementation. The proposal was submitted on June 12th to Mauri Pekkarinen, the Finnish Minister of Economic Affairs.
Although Finland regularly tops international comparison lists in terms of innovation, the country is facing a corporate exodus because it has failed to offer an attractive business environment, ultimately leading to dwindling investment in research and development. To tackle the problem, the new strategy proposes reinforcing international operations, increasing user and customer involvement in innovation processes, and focussing less on straightforward production and technology promotion. Pekkarinen will decide on the strategy’s final form and its presentation to the Government in the autumn of 2008.
The preparation of the strategy is based to a significant extent on the views of citizens, enterprises and those involved in the innovation system. The views and expert opinions that it is based on have been gathered in around 600 consultations conducted in the last few months, as well as in eleven targeted expert workshops held with around 300 participants on innovation-related themes.