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SpS-1.1: STI Policies and Economic Development. The East Asian Experience
Wednesday, 12/Oct/2016:
4:00pm - 5:30pm

Location: Asia Afrika Room (Homann)
The session is organized by Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM) and IDRC the International Development Research Centre (IDRC).

Session Abstract

Given its importance, the 2015 UNESCO Science report articulated extensively the role science, technology and innovation (STI) has played in the development of successful countries across the world. STI policy, (including R&D funding for universities and research organisations, the shift from public to private funding of innovation, knowledge transfer and commercialization, and capacity building), have been pivotal in the progress of these countries. The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) provide an excellent platform to discuss how countries in the development trajectory have strategized their STI policies. Although innovation is a complex concept that covers a wide range of activities, Singapore led in this grouping of countries with a Gross Expenditure in R&D share of GDP at 2.1% followed by Malaysia at 1.1% in 2015. Despite having a very uneven inter-country emphasis on STI, all ASEAN members have committed to enhance their innovation capabilities. Hence, this session seeks to discuss STI policies in selected ASEAN members to understand the initiatives taken, the achievements accomplished and how these STI strategies have impacted on economic growth and welfare of these nations, with a special focus on best practices to promote sustainable and inclusive development, new and appropriate technologies, the integration STIs into public policy and the nexus between STI, culture, education and development.

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STI Policies and Economic Development. The East Asian Experience

Erman Aminullah

Indonesian institute of sciences, Indonesia

STI Policies and Economic Development. The East Asian Experience

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