Dr. Shaheen Akter presented an MNEmerge paper prepared by Professor Xiaolan Fu and herself at the Innovation Conference Ghana (ICGhana 2016) on 27 September 2016. The paper was entitled "The impact of multinationals on skills and aspirations: A comparative analysis of the subsidiaries in Ghana."
The presentation took place in a plenary session centered around the theme of the role of multinational enterprises and the private sector in development innovation.
The paper found that MNEs transfer managerial skills and contribute to the development of skills, aspiration and welfare of people, but there are substantial differences between the impact of high-tech and low-tech firms originated from China and Europe. It is necessary to account these complexities for policy to create greater impact in host countries.
The ICGhana 2016 conference took place on 27-28 September in Accra, Ghana, hosted by the Science and Technology Policy Research Institute (STEPRI) and the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR). It was the first ever ICGhana conference to be held. The conference theme was “Development Innovation – Putting the Pieces Together”. There were 100 participants in the MNEmerge panel presentation of TMCD and STEPRI.
MNEmerge is a three-year international research project which explores the role of multinational enterprises (MNEs) in addressing global development challenges by mirroring the impacts of the operations of MNEs against the United Nations Millennium Development Goals. To find out more, click here.