Book seeks new thinking on pulling poor countries out of backwaters


By Iftikhar Ali

UNITED NATIONS, April 14 : Poorer developing countries are finding it harder under current conditions to foster industrial development than states that earlier hauled themselves out of poverty, like the Asian tigers, according to new book by a specialized U.N. agency.
“They face a more complex, and daunting set of circumstances than the developing countries that embarked on industrialization after 1950,” the UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) warned.

“These changing and challenging circumstances require new thinking, and in particular new paradigms to guide researchers, policy makers, and international development organizations in the future.”

The book, presented in London last week and entitled ‘Pathways to Industrialization in the Twenty-First Century: New Challenges and Emerging Paradigms,’ analyzes the circumstances and challenges facing developing countries in industrialization, and offers fresh ideas for new paradigms to carry forward industrial policy in the future.

It was co-edited by UNIDO Director of…

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