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In January 1995, the Board on Science, Technology, and Economic Policy sponsored a symposium on international access to national technology support programs. It was a worthwhile symposium, with vigorous exchanges and discussions of the complex issues associated with this topic.

In February 1995, the Hamburg Institute sponsored an initial conference that examined the rationale for and the variety of government involvement in support of technology-intensive industries.

For now and in the future, we will build on the record of these conferences, continuing the examination of national economic strategies; reviewing several cases of international friction, for example, Airbus, semiconductors, and telecommunications; and assessing prospects for international cooperation and technology, private alliances, and mixed public and private programs.

In August a conference in Kiel, Germany, is to consider the mechanisms and venues for addressing international conflicts over technology development and trade and the ground rules for cooperative endeavors. The task of the Steering Committee is to produce a set of conclusions and recommendations in a report to be presented in the latter half of 1996 to national governments and international organizations.

We welcome your participation in this larger enterprise and thank you in advance for your contributions to our work on these issues.

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