Unpacking the International Technology Transfer debate

14 November 2012
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Chemin des Colombettes 34, 1211 Geneva

International technology transfer has been raised in deliberations in a variety of international fora and UN agencies for several decades starting with the UNCTAD negotiations on an international Code of Conduct on the transfer of technology to Multilateral Environmental Agreements, followed by trade and intellectual property discussions at the WTO, WIPO and WHO.

This new paper - which will be released and presented by the authors at the side event - seeks to capture the political economy of the discussions on transfer of technology during the past five decades. In doing so, it addresses two key questions: Have such debates catered to country level technological needs in developing countries? To answer this, the paper critically reviews the progress made in understanding the role of technology and innovation capacity for economic development over the past decades and critically assesses whether these debates find a place in the negotiations and deliberations as we have them today. The second question is more forward looking, with a view to make a constructive contribution towards resolving some of the most longstanding issues in technology transfer. How and through what ways can international discussions on technology transfer be made to reflect the lessons learned up until now on how countries build technological capabilities and the challenges posed by the changing global environment for knowledge and technology?

If you do not have an accreditation to the CDIP and wish to attend the event, please email Mr. Alessandro Marongiu at amarongiu@ictsd.ch