The status of industrial information services in selected African countries
Author(s)/Corporate Author (s)United Nations. Economic Commission for Africa;
United Nations. Economic and Social Council;
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In recognition of the-vital role industrial information plays in the process of industrial ^development, African countries are increasingly directing their efforts to the setting-up of institutions and services to handle the collection and dissemination of information required in support of industrialization. However, the resources available" for the purpose are limited. As a result different approaches have been used in different countries. Some have set-up sect oral research institutions in such areas as food, forestry, building materials, etc. Others have, often in addition to the above, set-up across—the board types of institutions such as industrial development corporations or industrial development banks, technical agencies and the like. These have the potentials to provide a sound basis for developing an effective system of industrial information.