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Tuesday, 7 October 2008

A government think tank?

The Times reports that Government plans to constitute a 'think tank' comprising various stakeholders to 'guide and influence national development'. Apparently the think tank would feed the Government input on how to overcome problems like poor infrastructure, high fuel costs and other hurdles in order to reduce poverty.

It sounds like what government has in mind is an "non-government advisory group". A place where non-government people come together to share ideas and debate issues. In that sense it is not a traditional think tank as many people would traditionally use the phrase. That said, its a good idea and hope it can tap into expertise abroad. This certainly comes at the right time, and something that is bound to generate discussion in the
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