The Sixth Scientific Conference On TECHNOLOGY TRANSFER FOR DEVELOPMENT, Khartoum, 8-10 April 2003: Establishing Basic Levels of Technology Transfer for :Sudan Documentation and Library Services:Challenges and Opportunities /By: Rafaa Ashamallah Ghobrial||
Sudan has much to offer to the world just as the world has much to offer to Sudan. One therefore expects Sudanese libraries and Information Institutions in the 21st Century to do more in developing information infrastructure and institutions. It is interesting to note that the United Nations and World bank are greatly concerned about the wide disparity in access to basic communication and information services between the developed and the developing world. In a statement issued by its Administrative Committee on Coordination in 1997 (United Nation, 1998), they laments that the information technology gap and related inequities between industrialized and developing nations are widening and that a new type of poverty, information poverty looms. The statement therefore commits the organizations of the United Nations to assist developing countries in redressing the present alarming trends. We hope that the UN''s statement will be matched with positive action so that Sudan will be empowered to become active participants in the new world information order.
As development issues, especially science and technology are international, there is need for Sudan to access and utilize information for development, no matter the format, no matter the source. The challenge to do this is much for libraries in Sudan and their sponsors as indeed, it is for governments and stakeholders outside Sudan.