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Submitted by Kwabia Boateng on
One of the editions of the World Bank World Development Report in the early 1990s dealth with the issues of knowledge (of which information is a part)and development. For information to play its role in development it must be recognised as a factor of production- it contributes to the application of knowledge and hence to the general art of production. This recognition generates "value", which maintains itself. The difference between Brazil and Zambia is that information has no economic value in the latter country. That is, why nobody will touch an academic journal or official publication. Information is yet to be built fully into government (budget, taxation, education, etc.)policy decisions- that the basis of government policies is a research result published somewhere; that the basis of a business decision is a study on demand patterns; etc. How can we improve the asset value of information so that African governments and population will invest in them?