The Integration of Science and Technology Systems of the Central Asian Republics into the Western World
Economic progress means not only increased wealth for the region as a whole but wealth which is equitably distributed through the creation of economic activities which provide a livelihood to as many people as possible. This has been achieved traditionally (in the successful examples) by the introduction of science, technology and innovation as the main engines of economic development. Whatever the accepted scenarios were (depending on the indigenous conditions), economic development has been achieved through the implementation of technological, economic or other types of innovation, which lead to stability and sustainability. In developing countries, it is usually not the lack of opportunities, but the lack of experience coupled with the absence of practical know-how, which impedes socio-economic development. Yet such knowledge is transferable. One can learn how to identify opportunities in operative terms and one can learn how to apply existing methodologies even in situations of social, economic and political uncertainty. Basically this is the essence captured in this publication.