Special Correspondent

The objective is to achieve faster economic growth

  • Scope for fostering technological partnerships
  • About 200 delegates participated in the discussions

    THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: An international conference of scholars, GLOBELICS India 2006, which concluded here on Saturday, called for the setting up of an efficient mechanism for the developing countries to share their technologies to achieve faster economic growth to enable them to catch up with the developed nations.

    The conference noted that there were great possibilities in fostering technological partnerships among developing countries such as Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa.

    These countries had already built up strong technological capabilities, which could be shared to mutual benefit.

    One of the key tasks taken up by the scholars who attended the four-day conference was a `Comparative Analysis of the Experience of China and India in Learning Innovation and Competence Building.'

    At a press conference on Saturday, the concluding day of the conference, the organisers said more than 200 delegates from the academia, industry and Government participated in the discussions. GLOBELICS, which is the short for Global Network for Economics of Learning, Innovation and Competence Building Systems, is an international forum of scholars dedicated to economic progress of the developing nations.

    Annual conference

    This annual conference of the forum was organised by the Centre for Development Studies here, in association with the Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore.

    The prime objective of the conference was to showcase India's achievements to the outside world and to explore avenues for mutually beneficial cooperation between India and other developing countries.

    The conference felt that, notwithstanding Indian's outstanding performance in the recent years, there was a pressing need for the policy-makers and business managers in India to learn from the experience of other countries to address the challenge of heightened international competition.

    India also shares with other developing countries the problems of poverty and inequality.

    To avoid heavily lopsided development in these fast changing times, the public and private agents had to consciously look for ways to mobilise innovation and knowledge to address social problems and backwardness of the traditional sectors of the economy, the organisers said, while briefing mediapersons about the discussions at the conference.

    Centre for Development Studies Director K. Narayanan and GLOBELICS Board Chairman B.A. Lundvall were among those who participted the press conference.