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When discussing Science and Technology for development, it has often been tempting to talk about the radical nature, the paradigm shift, of new scientific breakthroughs or technological inventions which appear to offer new windows of opportunity for economic development and might eradicate at once world poverty, diseases and decades of lack of development in many less developed countries. Despite the caution of Sanjaya Lall in warning that such "Miracle" growth opportunities warrant quite explicit industrial policies1, there has been a tendency, certainly within the new global era of digital communication and world market transparency, to take those new technologies catching-up opportunities for granted, waiting so to say as "Technology transfer manna" from the North to be implemented in the South.
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