Kenniskloof arm-rijk vergroot

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13 augustus 2007 | Ondanks de opening van de markten voor de wereldhandel lukt het niet de minst ontwikkelde landen werkelijk uit de armoede te laten komen. Het Unctad-rapport Least Developed Countries Report, 2007: Knowledge, technical learning and innovation for development analyseert dat het juist het sleutelaspect van kennisontwikkeling is waar “those 50 less developed countries - including 30 African countries - are the most disadvantaged. If least developed countries remain outside this evolution, they will become more and more marginalized in the world economy, where competitiveness more and more depends on knowledge.”

Daarbij wijst het rapport op het vraagstuk van de braindrain doordat kenniswerkers nu wereldwijd veel meerkansen hebben, ook die uit zeer arme landen, “especially because least developed countries have an average of 94 researchers for one million citizens where else most developed countries have an average of 3 728, underlines the report.”

Knowledge is becoming more and more important in the global sphere of competition and production. In this context, there is a danger that LDCs will be increasingly marginalized if they do not enhance the knowledge content of their economies and achieve economic diversification through learning and innovation. The Report shows that the current pattern of technology flows to LDCs through international trade, foreign direct investment and intellectual property licensing does not contribute to narrowing the knowledge divide. Sustained economic growth and poverty reduction are not likely to take place in countries where viable economic re-specialization would remain impossible in the absence of significant progress in technological learning and innovation capacity-building. The Report suggests that national governments and development partners could meet this challenge, notably through greater attention to the following four key policy issues:

-How science, technology and innovation policies geared toward technological catch-up can be integrated into the development and poverty reduction strategies of LDCs;
-How stringent intellectual property regimes internationally affect technological development processes in LDCs, and how appropriate policies could improve the learning environment in these countries; –How the massive loss of skilled human resources through emigration could be prevented;
-and How knowledge aid (as part of official development assistance) could be used to support learning and innovation in LDCs.

The Report is the first comprehensive insight into the development objective of technological learning and innovation capacity-building in LDCs. U vindt het volledige rapport hier.








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