n African Journal of Science, Technology, Innovation and Development - Learning, upgrading and innovation in Nigerian indigenous industries : research notes / commentaries

Volume 3, Issue 3
  • ISSN : 2042-1338
  • E-ISSN: 2042-1346
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In spite of the increasing globalisation of technology, the involvement of developing countries in producing new technologies and innovations is almost negligible. The production of technological knowledge is concentrated in industrialised countries and developing nations are still lagging behind. It is therefore imperative for developing countries to look inwards to deploy science, technology and innovation (STI) in specific areas where they have comparative advantage. These comparative advantages could then be developed to achieve competitive advantage. Indigenous technology is one of the veritable areas where these nations can derive global competitiveness. In Nigeria, the indigenous industries are as diverse as the culture of the people. The indigenous technologies present significant opportunities for local economic transformation and global competitiveness. This would happen if these technologies are upgraded through the deployment of STI. This paper presents findings from a two-year study of some major indigenous technology clusters in Nigeria.

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