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IRDAC opinion on European Union scientific and technological cooperation with developing countries

The European Commission's Industrial Research and Development Advisory Committee (IRDAC) has issued an opinion on scientific and technological cooperation with developing countries. The opinion is based on the conclusions of a round table, organized in April 1995, to determine...
The European Commission's Industrial Research and Development Advisory Committee (IRDAC) has issued an opinion on scientific and technological cooperation with developing countries. The opinion is based on the conclusions of a round table, organized in April 1995, to determine the following:

- The experience of European industries in carrying out research in and with developing countries;
- The problems and opportunities faced;
- The possible role of the European Union in this context;
- The extent to which the European Union programme on scientific and technological cooperation with third countries presents a good strategy for meeting industry's needs and priorities.

The round table found that few European industries are carrying out research in developing countries and that those that do are faced with problems such as limited protection of industrial property rights, poor local infrastructure and skills shortages.

The round table concluded that the problems faced by developing countries have little to do with research and that what they need is the launch of an industrialization process and the creation of competitive industries. The Committee considers that European Union has not really favoured this process in targeting its efforts at the academic community and health and agriculture. It therefore recommends that more attention be paid to the promotion of science and technology in these countries and to the generation of economic activity, through the provision of assistance and support in the field of education and training, technology transfer and access to capital.
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