APEC’s Policy Partnership on Science, Technology and Innovation (PPSTI)’s vision is that “by 2025, APEC will have achieved innovative economic growth through PPSTI’s efforts.” (PPSTI Strategic Plan 2016-2025)
PPSTI’s mission is to “support the development of science and technology cooperation as well as effective science, technology, and innovation policy recommendations in APEC through collaboration between government, academia, private sector and other APEC fora”.
PPSTI was formed in 2012 when APEC agreed to broaden the mandate of the former APEC Industrial Science and Technology Working Group (ISTWG) to include issues of innovation policy development and intensify cooperation among governments, businesses and academia, thereby transforming the ISTWG into the PPSTI. A new terms of reference outlining the PPSTI’s mandate and goals was endorsed.
PPSTI 5 and 6 were held during 2015. The outcomes can be found here and here. PPSTI also supported the 1st APEC High-Level Policy Dialogue on Science and Technology in Higher Education. The Joint Statement can be found here. In addition, PPSTI supports a range of cutting-edge APEC projects such as Internet of Vehicles (see below).
Highlights of Selected Initiatives
White Paper on Internet of Vehicles
The White Paper on Internet of Vehicles, endorsed at PPSTI 4, outlines a development strategy for promoting the Internet of Vehicles (IoV) in the region. The Internet of Vehicles is an integrated network for supporting intelligent traffic management, intelligent dynamic information service, and intelligent vehicle control. This includes using information technology to manage traffic congestion, lane changes or road detours. The convergence of technology encompasses information communications, environmental protection, energy conservation, and safety. To succeed in this emerging market, acquisition of core technologies and standards will be crucial to securing a strategic advantage. However, the integration of the IoV with other infrastructures (e.g. transportation, energy, health etc.) should be as important as the building of the IoV technologies themselves. The White Paper includes the concept of the Internet of Vehicles (Iov), opportunities for IoVs such as its market potential, its possibility of addressing safety, energy and environmental issues, challenges facing its development, and some recommendations to facilitate the development of IoV including APEC regional cooperation. Capacity building, particularly for developing economies, as well as encouraging private sector investment are key parts of the strategy. See White Paper on Internet Vehicles for more information. Phase II of IoV is underway in 2015.
Initiative on Toward Innovation-Driven Development
Led by China and reflected in the recent 2014 Beijing Declaration by APEC Leaders, this initiative is focused on promoting innovation-driven development through partnerships on collaborative innovation, pro-innovation policy environments and strengthening the link between innovation and economic growth. In order to promote innovation-driven development, key policy issues include encouraging entrepreneurship, emphasizing human resource development, and strengthening collaboration among government, academia and the private sector to build science capacity and commercialization.
2016 ASPIRE Prize
“ASPIRE” stands for the APEC Science Prize for Innovation, Research and Education, an annual award which recognizes young scientists who have demonstrated a commitment to excellence in scientific research. Each year, the APEC host economy provides a theme for the ASPIRE Prize. For its host year of 2016, Peru has selected ‘Technologies for Food Security’ as the ASPIRE theme.
To Read: 2016 ASPIRE Prize .
PPSTI 6 adopted the PPSTI Policy Statement – see here. PPSTI 6 also endorsed the next Strategic Plan (2016-2025). PPSTI continues to implement a range of significant and cutting-edge projects, details of which can be found on the APEC Projects Database.
Linhao CHEN (Mr)
Deputy Director General
Department of International Cooperation
Ministry of Science and Technology
People's Republic of China
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Foreign Affairs Officer
Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Science Affairs (OES)
U.S. Department of State
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