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Facilitating Transfer of Technology to Developing Countries: A survey of home-country measures

This report provides an overview of developed countries' initiatives and incentives provided to industry to facilitate technology transfers to developing countries. The report presents the findings of a survey of 41 agencies and programmes in 23 developed countries that offer home-country measures that directly or indirectly facilitate technology transfer. These measures include financing support, training, matching services, partnerships, alliances and support for equipment purchase or licensing.

The report concludes that, altogether, the existing home-country programmes are fragmented, insufficient and narrow in coverage. The report provides a number of recommendations to further home-measures efforts, such as the provision of assistance to developing countries to improve technical standards and certification systems, mobilisation of 'business angels', involvement of developing country firms in complex projects and technical assistance to small businesses, especially in least developed countries.

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