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Science, Technology & Innovation and ICTs
 
UNCTAD provides intellectual leadership and serves as a source of expertise on science, technology and innovation (STI) and information and communication technologies (ICTs) policies for development.
 
UNCTAD’s activities in this area seek to bring the development perspective to international discussions, supporting consensus-building and capacity-building for sound, evidence-based, development-oriented policy in relevant areas.

STI, including ICTs, are an essential component of policies to promote development. They can serve as instruments for supporting relevant components of the national development agenda, helping local industry compete, generating better paying jobs, reducing poverty, promoting export diversification and catching up.

However, the assimilation, diffusion and application of scientific and technological knowledge require investments in human and physical capital, together with the establishment and nurturing of a national innovation system and a systematic effort to access and use relevant knowledge. Policies at the national and international levels are needed to organize and sustain those processes.
 
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 News

 
22 April 2013Smart public procurement can stimulate development of local information technology sectors, UNCTAD says
27 December 2012UNCTAD and ASEAN identify critical issues in harmonizing e-commerce laws
Commonwealth Telecommunications Organization
29 November 2012Commonwealth Telecommunications Organization and UNCTAD form strategic partnership
Information Economy Report  2012
28 November 2012UNCTAD sees expanding opportunity for developing countries to engage in local software development
Technology and Innovation Report 2012
31 October 2012UNCTAD report calls for harnessing the potential of south-south technological collaboration
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