Policy Partnership on Science, Technology and Innovation
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The APEC Policy Partnership on Science, Technology and Innovation (PPSTI) supports the development of science and technology cooperation and effective innovation policy in APEC economies. It serves as APEC’s primary forum to engage government, private sector and academia in joint scientific research.

Its strategic aim is to enhance economic growth, trade and investment opportunities, as well as social progress, in harmony with sustainability. The PSSTI will seek to develop an enabling environment for market-based innovation policy that supports commercialization, promotes innovation capacity, and facilitates cooperation among APEC members.

Among other activities, the PPSTI works to:

  • Strengthen collaboration and enhance member economies innovative capacity;
  • Develop science, research and technology cooperation;
  • Build human capacity;
  • Support infrastructure for commercialization of ideas;
  • Develop innovation policy frameworks; and
  • Foster an enabling environment for innovation.

In 2012, 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.

Originally the ISTWG was known as the Working Group on Expansion of Investment and Technology Transfer, which was initiated at the APEC Ministerial Meeting in Singapore in 1990.

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The first-ever PPSTI meeting will be held in Jakarta, Indonesia at the margins of the first APEC Senior Officials’ Meeting (SOM1) in early 2013.

The PPSTI is also planning to gather Chief Science Advisers (CSA) from APEC economies in a meeting to reinforce senior science relations across the Asia-Pacific. Participants would include scientists with strategic responsibilities in advising government at the most senior level.

Topics for possible consideration at the CSA meeting include:

  • Approaches to fore-sighting of science and technology needs;
  • Strategies for enhancing economic growth and food security;
  • Common policy approaches to assessing and managing emerging new technologies; and
  • Major trends in the shifting global science infrastructure.

In addition, the PPSTI will also organize future Innovation Technology Dialogues to explore and identify how emerging innovative technologies and related policies and instruments can address current challenges faced by APEC economies and what are the prospects for their application.

The 3rd Innovation Policy Dialogue (IPD), organized by Japan, was held on 21 August 2012 in Taipei, Chinese Taipei, under the theme “Responses to the Global Mobility of S&T Human Resources”. The dialogue included participants from the OECD and private sector organizations.

In the IPD discussions, participants recognized that human capital is the essence of innovation and stressed the importance of reinforcing policy measures to develop and secure human resources who are able to support science and technology innovation. The full conclusions of the dialogue are available in the summary report.

Under the ISTWG, the group held its 43rd meeting in Taipei, Chinese Taipei on 21-23 August 2012. At the meeting, the four ISTWG subgroups reviewed ongoing and new projects – they include:

Subgroup A, “Human Resource Development,” chaired by Korea
APEC Youth Science Festival
2012 APEC Research and Technology (ART) Program (Korea)
APEC S&T Mentoring Center for the Gifted in Science (Korea)
Seminar “Development of Engineering Professionals in APEC Economies” (Russia)
Education and Training to support Nuclear Power Program for APEC Economies (Malaysia)

Subgroup B, “International Science and Technology Network,” chaired by Chinese Taipei
APEC Workshop on Global Warming Gas (PFCs) Reduction for Electronics Industry (Chinese Taipei)
Low Carbon Intelligent Operations for Textile Industry in APEC Economies (Chinese Taipei)
Green Energy Demonstration System of Biological Technology for APEC (Chinese Taipei)
Promotion a multilateral research oriented at innovative growth of the APEC economies (Russia)
APEC Cooperative Forum on Internet of Vehicles (IoV) and its Application Implementation worldwide (China)

Subgroup C, “Connecting Research and Innovations,” chaired by the United States
APEC Network Building-Applied Space Technology Centers (Russia)
APEC Smart City Industrial Technology Cooperation Forum (China)
APEC Workshop on Innovative Service Chain Based on Information Technology (China)

Subgroup D, “Technological Cooperation and Strategic Planning,” chaired by China
Harnessing and Using Climate Information for Decision-making in Agriculture (Korea)
APEC Research Center for Typhoon and Society (Chinese Taipei)
APEC Virtual Center for Environmental Technology Exchange (APEC-VC) (Korea)
Climate Change Adaptation in the Asia-Pacific (United States)
APEC Center for Technology Foresight (Thailand)

Lead Shepherd
Executive Director
APEC Center for Technology Foresight
319 Chamchuri Square Building, 14th Fl.
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Alex ROGERS (Mr)
Program Director
APEC Secretariat