Division on Technology and Logistics


UNCTAD's Course on Key Issues on the International Economic Agenda for Permanent Missions in Geneva

Short courses for Permanent Missions in Geneva

Science, technology and innovation for development: Key policy issues

Palais des Nations, Geneva (Room XXIII)

Monday, 12 December 2011

Science-based technological progress and innovation are key drivers of economic growth and human development. The course will look into how science, technology and innovation enable long-term development and how public policy plays a major role in creating and enhancing a country's ability to harness knowledge and innovation to meet its development challenges. The concept of a national system of innovation will be introduced, and policies to promote its emergence and development will be discussed. The role of various policy instruments to generate national technological capabilities will also be covered. Finally, there will be a discussion of issues related to technology-absorptive capacities to maximize potential for the successful transfer of technology through foreign direct investment, trade, licensing and other mechanisms.

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