The president of the World Bank [Paul Wolfowitz] has urged developing countries to recognise the importance of science and technology in reducing poverty.
No kidding. Still, a promising comment from the former #2 at the Pentagon.
“Perhaps it is a step too far to suggest that poor people around the world might copy this model,” he admitted. “But I am not too sure, particularly given that one of the biggest challenges these countries face is reversing the brain drain”.
And it is, in fact, the very point that scientists, economists, and politicians alike should already be rallying around – historically, investment in science is the surest way out of national poverty (or maintaining prosperity).