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The Management of Technological Change

Background Papers Prepared for a Commonwealth Working Group

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Development and Management of Technological Change in Industry

Since its inception in 1980/81, the Industrial Development Unit (IDU) has extended technical assistance to Commonwealth developing countries, at their request, in almost forty industrial sub-sectors (see Table 1 on page). Food processing accounted for the largest single number of projects (over onefifth of the total), assistance being given to the processing or refining of sugar, vegetable o ils, meat, fruit and vegetables, and salt. Non-metallic mineral products (e.g. ceramics, glass, cement and bricks) and metal products (e.g. cans, wire products, sheet metal and other light engineering products) each accounted for 10 per cent of the total, as did projects in the chemicals, textiles, and machinery and transport equipment sectors.

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