Technological Infrastructure Development for Knowledge-Based Economies in Southeast Asia: A Comparative Study of Malaysia and Singapore

By Sajit Chandra Debnath, Yokoyama Kenji and A. Mani.

Published by The Technology Collection

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The economic ramifications of the creation of a knowledge-based economy (KBE) are that it would increase the competitiveness of a country and at the same time increase its stock of knowledge for future economic innovations. In the last couple of decades, many countries have shown high economic performance by knowledge creation and diffusion to the various sectors of the economy. Malaysia and Singapore, among Southeast Asian countries, have shown tremendous success in economic development by transforming their economies and have moved on to creating knowledge-based economies. This paper explores the technological infrastructure development in Southeast Asian knowledge-based economies using a comparative study of Malaysia and Singapore. The analysis shows that Singapore is one of the most successful countries in the region that pursued appropriate policies to develop its technological infrastructure towards becoming a knowledge-based economy.

Keywords: Knowledge-based Economy, Technological Infrastructure, Singapore, Malaysia

The International Journal of Technology, Knowledge and Society, Volume 5, Issue 1, pp.21-42. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.848MB).

Dr. Sajit Chandra Debnath

Doctoral Candidate, Graduate School of Asia Pacific Studies, Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University, Japan

Debnath Sajit Chandra is pursuing his doctoral studies at the Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University.

Prof. Yokoyama Kenji

Professor, College of Asia Pacific Management, Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University, Japan

Professor,College of Asia Pacific Management, Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University. Education: Graduated from Waseda University (Political Economics), Ph.D. (Management), Ritsumeikan University. Field of Specialization: International Trade Operations, Theories on Institutions and Customs. Research Topics: Systemic analysis on International Trade Transactions, Costs, Risk and Function of International Trade System, Comparative Institutional Analysis on Trade Contracts and Custom. Awards: Award of The Japan Academy for International Trade and Business (2002).

Prof. A. Mani

Professor, Graduate School of Asia Pacific Studies, Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University, Japan

Professor,Graduate School of Asia Pacific Studies, Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University. A. Mani graduated from University of Wisconsin-Madison (Ph.D.; 1980), University of Singapore (M. Soc. Sc.; 1977) and University of Malaya (B.A. Hons.; 1971). He has worked at the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies (Singapore), National University of Singapore and the University of Brunei Darussalam. Some of his major publications are “Indian Communities in Southeast Asia”, co-edited with K.S. Sandhu (1993), “Campaigning for a Gracious Society in Brunei Darussalam” (1992), “Determinants of Educational Aspirations among Indonesian Youth” (1984), “The Changing Status of Tamil Language amidst Singapore’s Development”(1997), “The Limit of the Nation-State in the Asia Pacific”, edited with Kazuichi Sakamoto (2004), and “Rising India and Indians Communities in East Asia” (2008).


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