Accession Number : ADP001462

Title :   Self-Reliance in Informatics for Industrial Development,

Corporate Author : COMPUTER MAINTENANCE CORP LTD BOMBAY (INDIA)

Personal Author(s) : Gupta,P. P.

Report Date : NOV 1982

Pagination or Media Count : 6

Abstract : It is the theme of this paper that for the meaningful application of informatics for developing countries an important pre-requisite is self-reliance. Quite often people cite the example of many countries where, with the help of foreign support and foreign business, particulary spectacular improvements in the standards and quality of life may have been achieved. While this may be so, the relevance of this approach to most of the developing countries needs to be examined critically. For a sovereign independent country, in the long run it is essential that it stands on its own feet, depends on its own resources and skills. This seems an uphill task in the beginning. It also appears quite often that the policy of self-reliance stems from the thought that the country does not have enough foreign exchange, its balance of payments is not satisfactory, and therefore it wants to reduce imports. This is not so and whether a country has enough foreign exchange or not, the importance should be on long-term development of skills and resources and the independence to use them to meet national objectives.

Descriptors :   *Information processing, *Technology transfer, *Industries, *Developing nations, Information transfer, Industrial engineering, Industrial production, Self operation, Policies, Resource management, Skills, Computers, Research management, Manufacturing, Systems engineering, Economics, Education, Symposia

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE