Harnessing Science, Technology and Innovation for Development

Challenges for Developing Countries

20th May 2010 • Co-organised with UNCTAD

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The International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD) is pleased to invite you to a roundtable discussion on Harnessing Science, Technology and Innovation for Development: Challenges facing Developing Countries, on Thursday 20th May 2010, (13h15-14h45), Room XIX (Palais des Nations; Geneva),  as a side event to the meetings of the United Nations Commission on Science and Technology for Development (CSTD).

The discussion will center on the results of a recently published book entitled: Latecomer Development: Innovation and Knowledge for Economic Growth, by Banji Oyelaran-Oyeyinka and Padmashree Gehl Sampath.


Knowledge and innovation play an increasingly important role in meeting development goals and achieving economic growth and competitiveness in a globalized world. There is also recognition that innovation offers solutions to key public policy challenges such as food security, climate change and health needs of the poor. As a result, innovation is high on the agenda of several international processes and deliberations and a growing number of countries are moving towards formulating innovation strategies, that include intellectual property, technology transfer and science and technology issues.

Latecomer Development, Innovation and Knowledge for Economic Growth by Banji Oyelaran-Oyeyinka and Padmashree Gehl Sampath is an important contribution to this growing literature which brings together two bodies of scholarship: the economics of innovation and development economics, along with evidence from 79 countries worldwide. The roundtable will seek to foster a discussion on the main findings of the book and their relevance for policy discussions on innovation in a number of fora such as UNCTAD, UNIDO, WHO and WIPO.


Welcome and Introduction
Ahmed Abdel Latif – Technology and IP Programme Manager, ICTSD
Chair Anne Miroux- Director of the Division of Technology and Logistics, UNCTAD

Dr. Padmashree Gehl Sampath and Prof. Banji Oyeyinka- Authors of  Latecomer Development, Innovation and Knowledge for Economic Growth

Pedro Roffe- Senior Fellow, ICTSD
Taffere Tesfachew- Chief, Office of the Secretary General, UNCTAD
Sacha Wunsch-Vincent- Senior Economic Officer, Division of the Chief Economist, WIPO

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