International experts opened a three-day conference at the Palace of Nations near Algiers, Algeria, on Monday (28 May) on the Systems Approach to the problems of Developing Countries.
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SV Lozier, IFAC President
GV M. Bouarfa, President of CNI
SV Bekacem, Algerian Minister
SV Other ministers
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Background: International experts opened a three-day conference at the Palace of Nations near Algiers, Algeria, on Monday (28 May) on the Systems Approach to the problems of Developing Countries.
The Systems Approach is a method by which a development plan is reduced to a series of simple objectives. It often employs sophisticated aids such as computers and economic models.
The conference was sponsored by the International Federation of Automatic Control (IFAC) and the International Federation of Operation Research Societies (IFORS), and organised by the Algerian National Information Commission.
The countries represented included Kenya, Italy, and the United States. the Untied Nations also sent a delegation. 80 papers were read, and on the last day conclusions were pooled in a general conference session.
Delegates were drawn both from experts in the politics of developing countries and specialists in systems theory. They attempted to combine new ideas on organisation with hard political practicalities.
SYNOPSIS: At the Palace of Nations near Algiers on Monday, international experts opened a conference on new methods of organisation for developing countries. They discussed what is known as "systems engineering" approach. This is a method by which the policies of a developing country are broken down into a series of simple objectives. In this way, agricultural expansion can be reduced to basic factors, such as cost, quality of land and irrigation.
The conference was organised by the Algerian National Information Commission, and included delegations from Kenya, the Untied States and the Untied Nations.
The delegates included both experts in the politics of developing countries and specialists in systems theory. Their fields range from applied economics and manpower resources to nutrition and agriculture.
80 papers were heard and, on the final day, conclusions were pooled in a general conference session.
The President of IFAC, Mr. Lozier, attended.
M. Bouarfa, the Algerian Information Minister, was also there, and M. Cherif Belkacem, Minister of State and President of the National Social and Economic Council, made one of the main speeches. The U.S. delegate spoke on low-cost use of arid terrain.
There was an interesting confrontation between sophisticated new managerial techniques and hard political possibilities. But it was unanimously agreed that the developing countries must absorb new technological discoveries.