The United Nations Conference on Trade and Improvement (UNCTAD) says Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) could miss out on the added benefits of the “green technologies” revolution unless governments and the international neighborhood take decisive action now.
“We are at the starting of a technological revolution primarily based on green technologies. This new wave of technological alter will have a large influence on the international economy,” stated UNCTAD Secretary-Basic Rebecca Greenspan.
In its newest report, titled “Technologies and Innovation Report 2023,” UNCTAD stated the 17 technologies covered have the prospective to create marketplace revenues of a lot more than $9.five trillion by 2030.
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But the report identified that really couple of creating nations, like the Caribbean, have the capacity required to profit from such green technologies as blockchain, drones, gene editing, nanotechnology and solar power.
Ranking 166 nations primarily based on information and facts communications and technologies (ICT), expertise, study and improvement, industrial capacity and monetary indicators, the index is dominated by higher-earnings economies such as the Netherlands, Singapore, Sweden and the United States.
It also shows that nations in Latin America, the Caribbean and sub-Saharan Africa are least prepared to take benefit of frontier technologies and are at danger of missing out on present technological possibilities.
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UNCTAD notes that to create goods and solutions with smaller sized carbon footprints, a new wave of green technologies has incorporated artificial intelligence to electric cars.
The report calls for coherent policy action to allow creating nations to profit from green technologies or danger facing expanding financial inequalities, as created nations reap the most added benefits.
“Establishing nations ought to take benefit of a lot more worth getting made in this technological revolution to develop their economies,” Greenspan stated.
“Missing this technological wave due to insufficient policy consideration or a lack of targeted investment in capacity developing would have lengthy-term damaging implications,” she added.
Whilst green technologies exports from creating nations rose to US$75 billion from US$57 billion among 2018 and 2021, their share of the international marketplace fell to 33 % from 48 %. For the duration of the exact same period, green exports from created nations jumped to $156 billion from $60 billion.
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