The Knowledge Management in SADC Countries

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We are living in a complex world. The rate of change and the volume of communication in life have not been parallel at any period in the history of mankind. OECD (2005) considers that the knowledge society is fundamentally reshaping the global economy and by extension, the global society. Because this society relies so profoundly on the creation, diffusion and exploitation of knowledge, the success of governments depends increasingly on the information infrastructure for gathering and utilizing knowledge. This paper has as objective to explain how is the status of knowledge management in Member States of SADC. It can be inferred that in this globalization era, all members of SADC must define strategies of economic policy that should have as objective promotion of their per capita GDP, so that the entire population can absorb knowledge, and this will lead to an increase in the number of investigators in R&D. Moreover, through easy access and increase in information infrastructure, the people in these countries can be more informed regarding the culture, health and education of other countries as well as their own. The governments of these countries, which have low rates of adult alphabetization, low protection of intellectual property, and low access to the Internet, should define the economic policy for these areas to absorb foreign direct investment in information technology sector and other sectors where skilled workers are required. Introduction

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