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Polar opposites: Where Malaysia wins, Africa fails. Knowledge economy.

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It’s very easy for people to point fingers at the pessimists. Why focus on the areas that aren’t working, when there are some that are? Well the challenge for any country or business is to understand where they fall short, in order to become a better entity.

And instead of dismissing reports such as the World Economic Forum Global competitiveness report, or find excuses why SA slipped in the global University rankings, rather take lessons on board and improve.

Rabelani Dagada, an IRR policy fellow, compares Malaysia and Ghana, two countries that share political independence dates. He tracks the development of both and suggests why one is in a far superior position to the other. And he attributes this difference to the knowledge economy. Worth the read. – Stuart Lowman

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