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NATO Science Series: Science and Technology Policy Vol. 39

The Integration of Science and Technology Systems of the Central Asian Republics into the Western World

N.K. Pak and P.C. Rambaut
160x240mm pp.166 Yen13300 2003

Economic progress means not only increased wealth for the region as a whole but wealth which is equitably distributed through the creation of economic activities which provide a livelihood to as many people as possible. This has been achieved traditionally (in the successful examples) by the introduction of science, technology and innovation as the main engines of economic development. Whatever the accepted scenarios were (depending on the indigenous conditions), economic development has been achieved through the implementation of technological, economic or other types of innovation, which lead to stability and sustainability. In developing countries, it is usually not the lack of opportunities, but the lack of experience coupled with the absence of practical know-how, which impedes socio-economic development. Yet such knowledge is transferable. One can learn how to identify opportunities in operative terms and one can learn how to apply existing methodologies even in situations of social, economic and political uncertainty. Basically this is the essence captured in this publication.

Contents

Preface/ Introduction and Summary/ Opening Remarks/ Science and Technology and Innovation Policies in the Central Asian Republics/ The NATO Science Program and Science and Technology Cooperation/ Ongoing NATO Projects Involving Central Asian Republics/ Collaboration in Information and Communication Technology/ Collaboration in Genomics and Biotechnology/ Collaboration in Sustainable Development and Natural Disasters/ Collaboration in Innovation Systems/ List of Organisers and Participants/ Author Index

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