Specific emphasis was placed on multi-stakeholder partnerships not only for bridging the technology gap, but also avoiding the prospect that it grows wider.
The panel focused on investment and technology policies that aim at acquiring and improving on technological capabilities, drawing on experiences of those countries that have been successful in building an indigenous human resources capacity that have enabled them to catch up.
It is hoped that the panel will contribute to identifying strategic policy options aimed at helping those countries that are at the bottom of the scale in technology development to catch up and those that are keeping up to become more competitive. A special segment of the panel will be dedicated to the "Digital Divide".
The findings and recommendations that emerged from this panel will be considered by the Commission at its ninth session in May 2006.