African Regional Centre of Technology (ARCT)

Centre régional africain de technologie (CRAT)

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Nov 1977, Kaduna (Nigeria), under the aegis of Organization of African Unity (OAU) and United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA).


'Objectives': Contribute to the development and use of technology, stimulate awareness of technological development and strengthen technological capabilities of member States; promote the use of technology suitable for the development objectives of member States and assist in the formulation of technology policies as an integral part of planned scientific, technological and socio-economic development; encourage research and training in the methodologies of technology planning; improve, for the benefit of member States, the terms and conditions under which technology is imported; promote within member States the diffusion and dissemination of technology, encouraging the collection and use of technological information; promote cooperation among countries of the African region particularly amongst member States; assess social implications of the development, transfer, and adaptation of technology and promote the understanding of such implications.

'Functions': On request from Governments of member States or institutions of technology within such member States, assist in the establishment of national institutions for the development, transfer and adaptation of technology, and identify and supply consultants to advise on matters relating to technology; advise national institutions of members States on the choice of technology, promoting through them effective links between producers and users of technology at the national level within member States; compile and maintain registers in the field of technology of: (i) African research institutions, their programmes and achievements; (ii) institutions outside Africa which are concerned with technologies relevant to the needs of member States; (iii) available specialists in the various fields of technology within the Centre and elsewhere; organize training seminars and workshops in the field of technology; promote the exchange of technical, managerial and research personnel amongst member States; assist in training technical and managerial personnel; identify and provide information on specific opportunities for training in technology; promote and encourage as appropriate the orientation of education, training and curricula towards technological needs of member States; assist Governments of member States in identifying alternative sources of technology; assist in training of specialist personnel in: (i) unpackaging of technologies, (ii) evaluation and assessment of technology, (iii) negotiation of contracts and arrangements relating to the development, transfer and adaptation of technology, (iv) problems connected with industrial property rights; provide for member States information and documentation services, in particular in alternative technologies and alternative sources of technologies; cooperate with governmental, public or private institutions engaged in development of methods to be applied in a unified approach to development planning; sponsor, promote and encourage original research in the forecasting, assessment and planning of technology; encourage inclusion of courses in the methodology of technology planning in the education and training of development planners; assist member States in the effective use of the International Code of Conduct for the Transfer of Technology and other relevant international agreements.

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The framework is the 'Lagos (Nigeria) Plan of Action for the Implementation of the Monrovia (Liberia) Strategy for the Economic Development of Africa', adopted by the Heads of States and Governments of the Organization of African Unity, Apr 1980, Lagos, and its fundamental principle of establishing of self-sustaining development and economic growth based on collective self-reliance. The work programme stresses: development of indigenous technological capabilities; human resources development and utilization; rural development; contributing technologically towards the activation of the priority sectors of socio-economic development; strengthening the information and data base on technological requirements and on natural resources and their exploitation. Current projects include: 'Cassava processing technology development'; 'Energy development' (biogas); 'Fish processing'; 'Enhancing Africa's technological infrastructures' (Regional Atlas on Food Technologies); 'Human resources inventory and development'.


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Relations with 16 inter-governmental organizations.
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Relations with 9 non-governmental organizations.
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Subjects *

  • Economics
    • Economic
  • Technology
    • Technology
  • Science
    • Science
  • Development
    • Development
  • Innovative change
    • Alternatives

UN Sustainable Development Goals **

GOAL 8: Decent Work and Economic GrowthGOAL 9: Industry, Innovation and InfrastructureGOAL 11: Sustainable Cities and CommunitiesGOAL 12: Responsible Consumption and Production



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