"The key reasons for the decline of these fibers could be attributed to lack of proactiveness and neglect of innovation. The producing countries often considered each other as competitors and were not able to find areas where consensus could be developed and collective action made possible."
"Research and Development (R&D) has long been a key activity in any developing or developed nation. R&D activities are not only generators of new knowledge; they are also an essential factor in the growth in the economy."
"Experience has shown that countries that grow rich are not necessarily those well-endowed with natural resources but those that invest wisely in building their human capital and allocating a reasonable percentage of their gross domestic product to research and development."
“The dilemma in trying to predict, understand as well as react to technological changes of the future, is that there is a need to understand the drivers of change which extend far beyond the domains of science and technology..."
"In any attempt to probe the future, we need a vision. This will steer us through the many unknowns as well as capitalize on hidden opportunities. such vision has been variously called foresight, strategic foresight or futurology..."