Review of problems of transferring and localising technology in the Arab world

Alkabir, S 2007, Review of problems of transferring and localising technology in the Arab world , MPhil thesis, University of Salford.

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Abstract

This research looks at problems related to technology transfer and localisation in the Arab countries. Technology is defined in the international context and then related to the environment of the Arab countries. Technology has a great role to play in the development of the Arab countries. Unfortunately these countries face numerous problems when attempting to disseminate technology throughout the region. It is also clear that the Arab countries are consumers of technology. Since the Arab countries have natural resources, there is a need for them to use appropriate technology in exploiting these natural resources like oil. The countries of Asia have succeeded in developing a technological base to support their development programmes. This research looks at how these countries managed to succeed and advocates the use of the experience of such countries to develop the idea of a technology platform in the Arab countries. In all of the Asian countries that have succeeded in technology transfer and localisation, there was a lot of government support to such initiatives. For example tax exemption on foreign companies investing in a country. There are numerous problems that face technology transfer in the Arab countries. The biggest problem is human development in areas related to technology. There is low enrolment in educational institutions. This is particularly true for subjects related to technology studies such as mathematics, pure sciences, engineering etc. There is a need to investigate strategies that will lead to an increase in enrolments. The Arab countries also face a brain drain where highly educated Arab nationals are recruited by western countries. This also affects technology transfer as the Arab region loses talented intellectuals who could spear head technological development.

Item Type: Thesis (MPhil)
Contributors: Aouad, G (Supervisor)
Schools: Schools > School of the Built Environment
Depositing User: Institutional Repository
Date Deposited: 13 Aug 2021 14:19
Last Modified: 27 Aug 2021 21:57
URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/61529

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