The Technological Information Promotion System (TIPS) is a specialized network that provides support and information to business enterprises, particularly small- and medium-sized enterprises. TIPS began operation in 1986. The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the United Nations Fund for Science and Technology (UNFSTD) designed TIPS as an international network for information exchange operating within the framework of South-South Cooperation. Currently, TIPS is being implemented by Devnet Association, a non-profit, international non-governmental organization (NGO), with Category I Consultative Status granted by the United Nations Economic and Social Council.
In 1994, after the completion of its institutionalization and semi-commercialization phases, the TIPS started to expand and consolidate at the international level.
The main goal of TIPS is to promote the potential and competitiveness of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in developing countries. TIPS operates with the belief that one of the key instruments for the success of these enterprises is INFORMATION. For this reason, TIPS produces and disseminates information on trade, technology transfer and business opportunities, with the view to encouraging enterprises to forge business relations on a long-term basis.
The TIPS National Bureau in each member country gathers data directly from the companies and disseminates the information directly to information users, encouraging direct transactions between suppliers and buyers, and between sources and commercial developers of technology.
As an organized system for information exchange on trade and technology, TIPS has been steadily helping expand business and investment transactions in developing countries through the widespread promotion of information that could be the basis for initiating discussion toward business to business cooperation based on commercial terms. It has also assisted firms, investors and entrepreneurs locate their potential partners and modernize manufacturing processes through technology transfer.
The sectors covered by TIPS are: agro-industries, biotechnology, building and construction, chemicals, fisheries, food processing, electronics, energy, environment, leather, machinery, mining, packaging, pharmaceuticals, textiles, transportation and tourism.
In year 2000, TIPS started the implementation of Project WINNER for UNIFEM in selected countries in the TIPS network.