The basic requirement for neo-liberal economies to function is communication, in terms of markets, capital and infrastructure not only should these resources be connected but should also be similar in operation and functionality. Under the aegis of making a future global economy these arguments promise to develop the world as one where all nations can reap benefits of science and technology together.
On one hand these tenants for participation promise to help even the most backward economies in their growth, on the other hand they act as a wall for economies willing to participate but which don’t share the same level of infrastructural development. Technological revolution has aided all disciplines of the society may it be agriculture, pharmacy technology, biotechnology, information and communication technologies. But a same level of growth is still lacking in the global context. Members of the non-aligned movement discussed these issues in the recent 17th summit.
The first decision reached by the leaders was for all developing nations to achieve concrete development in their communication and technology projects. The functioning of both Non –Aligned news agency pool and the Broadcasting Organisation of non aligned countries were enhanced and the need for an International information centre for the Non-Aligned movement was also welcomed. Media has also played a detrimental role in some developing nations were it was used as a means to de-stabilize governments, such issues of defamation were urged to be controlled in a more efficient way by governments.
Impartiality and balance are two key issues which were stressed during the conference, in the past some nations have tried to outrun its competitor by using critical information against them. Members were urged to help each other in different issues and also invest in each other’s resources the issue of uneven development of technological resources within the member states was also discussed. The need for a sixth conference of Ministry of information and technology was expressed and was prompted to be held in accordance with decision of the COMINAC-V, held in Abuja in September 1996.
The need to accommodate each other’s culture and showcase it was another important step towards unification. Technology from its inception has been used as a means to disperse ideology and thought therefore it is important for the developing nations used these resources for their own use such unification will also help strengthen many sectors of the economy as countries have similar untapped resources.
Many developing have a tourism sector which is growing very fast, members were also urged to participate in the VII Film Festival of the Non-Aligned to be held in Pyongyang, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, 13 – 21 September 2000.
Information and technology forms the basis of the modern neo-liberal societies this part of the summit was therefore important for almost all attendee’s are growing as major stakeholders in the global markets. Developing nations may have expressed this desire in the past but by concretizing their efforts in this way they have imagined a future as common grounds to share ideas and resources. These decisions will also ensure that communication between the worlds is stronger and would ensure equitable participation of all economies in the coming years.
To achieve the growth proposed by the leaders of the Non-Aligned movement it will be necessary that many sectors of the economy are opened for investment and development; this may prove to be a problem from members who still have a restricted outlook towards technology and modern governance.
By Dr. Ankit Srivastava, Editor