International Conference on "SOUTH-SOUTH COOPERATION FOR TECHNOLOGY TRANSFER AND DEVELOPMENT OF SMALL AND MEDIUM ENTERPRISES (SMEs)" was to be held in Colombo (Sri Lanka) on 18 – 22 August 2008.
The conference was organized owing to the support from the Centre for Science and Technology of the Non-Aligned and Other Developing Countries (NAM S&T Centre, www.namstct.org) in close cooperation with the National Science Foundation of Sri Lanka (NSF, www.nsf.ac.lk) and the National Science and Technology Commission of Sri Lanka (NASTEC, www.nastec.lk).
A total of more than 40 representatives from the Non-Aligned and Other Developing Countries (Belarus, Colombia, Egypt, India, Indonesia, Iraq, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Nepal, Nigeria, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, Vietnam, Zambia ) including representatives from UNDP, ASIAN AND PACIFIC CENTRE FOR TRANSFER OF TECHNOLOGY of the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (APCTT, http://www.apctt.org/), Centre for Science and Technology of the Non-Aligned and Other Developing Countries (NAM S&T Centre, www.namstct.org), Commission on Science and Technology for Sustainable Development in the South (COMSATS, http://www.comsats.org.pk) took part in the Conference.
Among the participants of the Conference: Hon. Minister Prof. Tissa Vitarana, Minister of Science and Technology of Sri Lanka; H.E. Juan Alfredo Pinto Saavedra, Ambassador of Colombia to India and Sri Lanka; Dr. K. Ramanathan, Head, APCTT; Dr. T. Hussain, Director General (International Affairs), COMSATS, Pakistan; Mr. A.R. Ameratunga, Secretary, Ministry of Science and Technology, Sri Lanka; Prof. Arun Kulshreshtha, Director, NAM S&T Centre, India.
Director of Republican Centre for Technology Transfer (RCTT) Mr. A. Uspenskiy represented Belarus on the Conference. During the Conference Mr. Uspenskiy presented the report “Cooperation of the RCTT with International Technology Transfer Networks”.
The Conference was aimed at learning the technology transfer models adopted by different developing countries and build up mechanism for transfer of technologies between them in order to develop SMEs.
The main issues of the Conference were:
- Implementation of Technology Transfer, Laws and Policies and Market Development
- Implementation of Technology Transfer, Partnership Development, IPR Issues and Quality Assurance
- Strengths and Barriers for Effective Technology Development and Transfer
- Technology Assimilation and Networking
Participants of conference have discussed and have unanimously accepted the Colombo Declaration. In the Declaration the participants expressed unanimity that the Conference has been a resounding success in coming out with focused recommendations and actions, that would help NAM and other developing countries in formulating their plans for the strengthening of the existing SME’s and equivalent structures as well as in the creation of new entities to promote the adoption of technologies developed within their countries by the concerned users and industries aimed at their economic growth.
Please follow this link to learn more about the agenda of the event, presentations of the participants and COLOMBO DECLARATION.