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International Technology Transfer to Developing Countries

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Bridging the technology gap is an issue faced by most countries but in developing countries the issue is doubly critical; not only do they lag further behind relative to other countries but they face more stringent resource constraints.



Part one of this report identifies the role played by existing policy in trade, foreign direct investment and intellectual property rights in facilitating International Technology Transfer (ITT). Pertinent analysis of the major implications of the report is given.



The WTO Working Group on Trade and Technology Transfer was established with the aim of encouraging technology transfer to developing countries. Part Two of the report outlines the Group’s Findings for increasing flows of technology.



This title provides a thorough overview of the economics of ITT relevant to developing countries and will be invaluable as a reference tool for policy makers, trade officials and trade negotiators.

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International Technology Transfer: National Policies, International Negotiations and Multilateral Disciplines: Introduction

Most countries lag behind the technology frontier in at least some industries and therefore confront the issue of how best to bridge the technology gap vis-à-vis the rest of the world. For developing countries, this issue is doubly critical: not only do they lag further behind relative to other countries, but they also face more stringent resource constraints that make the use of inefficient production technologies especially problematic. While most governments have always wanted to catch up technologically with the rest of the world, there has been wide variation in countries' actual economic performance.

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