APCTT is a Regional Institution of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP) servicing the Asia-Pacific region.
It was established in 1977 with the objective of facilitating technology transfer in the Asia-Pacific region. The Centre is headquartered in New Delhi with host facilities provided by the Government of India.
Technology transfer is increasingly important for the Asia Pacific. The changing business environment, including the globalization of technologies and the shift in emphasis from manufacturing to a knowledge-based economy sets up new challenges for the competitiveness of countries and companies. It has provided tremendous opportunities for technological leapfrogging by developing countries as they seek to address growing social, economic and environmental challenges.
These realities have intensified the process of international flows of technologies between firms and across national boundaries in the form of increased technological cooperation, strategic alliances, and partnerships. Enterprises in developing and least developed countries need to develop, absorb and adopt new technologies in an efficient way, thereby, building up indigenous technological capabilities. They need access to skills and competencies, access to financing, access to the market and a supportive environment for innovation.
The activities of APCTT are thus focused on three specific areas of activity: Science Technology and Innovation, Technology Transfer and Technology Intelligence. Our emphasis is on technologies such as renewable energy, biotechnology and nanotechnology which have high growth potential and can address the collective challenges of the region.
With the active co-operation of our many partners we will continue to make APCTT a technology transfer hub in the region. We look forward to continuing to work towards the development of a more prosperous and more sustainable future for the Asia Pacific.