In togo, delegates attending the opening session of an international conference on scientific and technological development in Third World countries on Monday (21 May), heard speakers call for a greater understanding of intermediate technology and the particular problems of developing countries.
GV AND LV Exterior Government building with flags outside in Lome (2 shots)
SV PAN INTERIOR Delegates seated in conference hall
SV Issoufou Saidou Djermakoye, under-Secretary-General of United Nations Department of Technical Co-operation for Development addressing conference
SV PAN Delegates listen as M. Djermakoye continues (2 shots)
SV Delegates listen and applaud
LV AND CU AND SV Minister of Education ad Scientific Research of Togo Boumbera Alassounouma addressing conference (3 shots)
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Background: In togo, delegates attending the opening session of an international conference on scientific and technological development in Third World countries on Monday (21 May), heard speakers call for a greater understanding of intermediate technology and the particular problems of developing countries. The conference was sponsored by the United Nations, the Organisation of African Unity (OAU), the European Common Market and the Togolese government.
SYNOPSIS: Two hundred delegates from Europe, Africa, South America and Asia gathered in the national hall of the ruling Togolese People's Party in Lome for the conference.
Mr. Issoufou Saidou Djermakoye, the Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations Department of Technical Co-operation for Development addressed the delegates on the need to study the principles of intermediate technology, since technical development in poor countries was controlled by economic factors. Mr. Djermakoye stressed that the way in which technology is developed in the third world must be decided with reference to the natural resources available in each country.
The Togolese Minister for Education and Scientific Research Mr. Boumbera Alassounouma said that poorer countries should be encouraged to apply development techniques in line with their finances, and adapt sophisticated systems to suit their own needs.