The Emerging High Tech Competitors from Asia, Contrasts between the Innovative activities of China and India

Prof. Sunil Mani, Centre for Development Studies, India


China and India are two of the fastest emerging economies from not just in Asia but also globally. The export profile of the two countries consisted initially of low-tech manufacturing. This is now fast changing. China is increasingly an exporter of high tech manufactured goods while India is diversifying into exports of high tech services. Accompanying this diversification in exports has been the transformation of the Chinese and Indian systems of innovation. China has placed production enterprises at the centre stage of a national system of innovation that is increasingly dominated by the electronics and telecommunications sectors, while the Indian one is dominated by its pharmaceutical sectoral system of innovation. The presentation will attempt to distill the contrasts between the innovative activities of these two high tech competitors by employing a wide variety of secondary source material.


Prof. Mani, is Planning Commission Chair Professor in Development Economics at the Centre for Development Studies, Trivandrum. Until September 2004, he was a member of the faculty at the United Nations University-Institute for New Technologies, Maastricht in the Netherlands He obtained his M.Phil and Ph.D. in Economics from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi and has done postdoctoral research at the University of Oxford and the Institute of Developing Economies in Tokyo. Prof. Mani’s research focus is on indicators of innovation and public innovation policies in developing countries, and innovation capability in telecommunications equipment industry. He is a member of several national and international advisory panels, including the Ministry of Science and Technology Expert Committee on Innovation Surveys (India), the National Advisory Council on Innovation (South Africa), and the United Nations 2007 TCPR assessment of the capacity development efforts of the UN Development system in the area of National Technological Development. Prof. Mani also serves on diverse editorial boards including Scidev, Research Policy, International Journal of Technology and Globalization and Science, Technology and Society. Dr. Mani has published extensively in his area of specialization and is currently working on two new books: "Government, Innovation and Technology Policy" (Forthcoming 2008) and "Innovation Capabilities in Developing Countries: A Study of the Telecommunications Industry" (Forthcoming 2007), both by Edward Elgar.



Conference room

Keizer Karelplein 19


time: 16h00

Venue: Keizer Karelplein 19, Maastricht, 16h00

Date: 13 December 2006