New generic technologies in developing countries
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CTA. 1997. New generic technologies in developing countries. Spore 72. CTA, Wageningen, The Netherlands.
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New generic technologies in developing countries edited by M R Bhagavan 1997 340pp ISBN 0 333 65049 2 Pbk price UKL15.99 Macmillan Press Ltd, Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire RG21 6XS, UK
Over the last two decades, the world has been in the grip of several technological revolutions which are radically transforming the lives of people in the highly industrialized countries. Rather than abating, these revolutions are gathering new strength by drawing an increasing number of developing countries into their orbit. The driving forces behind them are three classes of technologies: information and communication, biotechnology and new materials. Though generic in character, these forces are bringing about profound changes across-the-board in the production, distribution and consumption of goods and services. The central purpose of this book is to explore the avenues open to the developing countries as they strive to become the beneficiaries of these forces, rather than its victims. The experience of a handful of the technologically more successful developing countries like Brazil, China, India and Mexico are examined, but the factors that have held up technological advance in the weaker countries are also analysed. The creation and strengthening of national capabilities in science and technology emerge as being crucial, as does the role of entrepreneurs in disseminating the technologies. Appropriate forms of development assistance, backed up by suitable aid and trade policies, are affirmed as being indispensable catalysts in this process. New generic technologies in developing countries edited by M R Bhagavan 1997 340pp ISBN 0 333 65049 2 Pbk price UKL15.99 Macmillan Press Ltd, Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire RG21 6XS, UK