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Launch of $16 billion Brazilian Innovation Fund
Issued by: Wits University  
[Johannesburg, 26 April 2013]

The Gauteng City-Region Observatory (GCRO) invites you to the launch of the $16 billion Brazilian Innovation Fund by Prof Glauco Arbix, a world-renowned innovation expert. Prof Arbix will serve as President of the fund, and he is looking for partners for this initiative while in South Africa.

The event will also see the launch of a paper titled "Brazil: Innovation and Development", which was written by Prof Arbix as part of the GCRO Provocation series.

According to Prof David Everatt, Executive Director of the GCRO: “Prof Arbix is looking to deepen the relationship between Brazil and South Africa – in terms of innovation partnerships – which, until now, have been very limited. He will use the seminar as an occasion to speak briefly to his paper and then to launch the fund, emphasising the fact that Brazil is ‘open for business’ in the hope that South Africans will respond in kind.

“He is not looking for responses in any specific area or sector; he has an interest in innovation across the board, and between government, the academy, the private sector and others, and we hope he leaves the country with partners and some substantial partnerships.”

Date: Monday, 29 April 2013
Time: 14:00 to 16:00
Venue: Central Block 8, Wits University
RSVP: info@gcro.ac.za

For more information, go to http://www.gcro.ac.za/event/innovation-launch-professor-arbix.

About Prof Glauco Arbix

Glauco Arbix is a Professor of Sociology at the University of São Paulo. From 2003 to 2006, he was the president of the Institute for Applied Economic Research, the most important government think tank in Brazil, and general co-ordinator of the Strategic Unit, an advisory board to the President of the Republic. He is a member of the Brazilian National Council of Science and Technology and the United Nations Development Program’s International Advisory Group, and heads the Observatory for Innovation, in the Institute of Advanced Studies at the University of São Paulo.


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