Assessment of science and technology indicators in Sudan

Samia S. O. M. Nour


This paper employs both the descriptive and comparative approaches and uses the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development’s definition of Science and Technology (S&T) indicators (OECD, 1997) to discuss S&T development in Sudan. We find that the low level and the insufficient financial and human resources devoted to S&T development together with inadequate economic structures mean that Sudan lags behind the leading developing countries in terms of S&T input-output indicators. We find that the insufficient financial and human resources hampered the potential role of R&D to contribute toward economic development, adaptation to imported technologies and development of local technologies in Sudan.

Keywords: S&T, R&D, Economic Development, Sudan, Developing countries.

JEL classification: O10, O11, O30

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