ees of a new company formed to exploit the technology, and the foreign experts acted as consultants, well versed in the problems surrounding the technology studied, but not familiar with the Nigerian business environment. The interaction of the two groups of experts was used to produce a plan for the new (hypothetical) enterprise that points out the opportunities presented by the new technology but also the pitfalls and challenges that must be confronted in Nigeria.

This report thus serves an audience interested in developing this particular technology in Nigeria, but it also is of interest to those concerned with the creation of knowledge-based enterprises in Nigeria in general and those concerned with exploiting this technology in other countries. This report is almost entirely drawn from the expertise and experience of the participants in the workshop and is not based on any independent technical or market research. By means of this report, the U.S. National Academies do not intend to either propose or discourage real investments in actual enterprises similar to those described here for Nigeria.

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