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Developing countries and technology cooperation: an industrial capacity-building perspective

This report focuses on technology cooperation for the transfer of technologies to developing countries as seen by ten member companies of the WBCSD. The report analyses ten case studies and different sectors are covered, including aluminium refining in Brazil; cola bottling in South Africa; manufacturing ready-mix cement in India and providing electricity to poor neighbourhoods in Morocco.

The report makes it clear that technology transfer is unlikely to be effective unless there is constant and clear communication between companies that are transferring technology and acquiring country governments. It also argues that acquiring countries must have a core of skilled, trained people and that acquiring countries' governments and international development aid could be used to build these skills and create favourable conditions for foreign direct investment.

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