APEC’s Policy Partnership for Science, Technology and Innovation (PPSTI) envisions that the APEC region would achieve innovative economic growth by 2025. For more information, read the PPSTI Strategic Plan 2016–2025.
The 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.”
Formerly known as the Industrial Science and Technology Working Group (ISTWG), the partnership was formed in 2012, when APEC agreed to broaden the group’s mandate to include innovation policy development and to intensify cooperation among governments, businesses and academia. When the ISTWG was renamed to the PPSTI, a new terms of reference outlining the PPSTI’s mandate and goals was endorsed.
Last page update: January 2023
20th Meeting of the Policy Partnership for Science, Technology and Innovation (PPSTI-20)
From 21st to 22nd August 2022, the 19 APEC member economies met in Chiang Mai, Thailand at the 20th APEC PPSTI Meeting themed “Empowering all people to participate in the new innovation era”. The meeting was held in a hybrid format.
The highlights of PPSTI-20 are as follows:
- PPSTI Members endorsed the revised PPSTI Strategic Plan (2016-2025), which was later endorsed by SCE. The revised Strategic Plan aligned the forum’s work to the APEC Putrajaya Vision 2040 and Aotearoa Plan of Action, and accounted outputs from the PPSTI internal evaluation and SCE fora assessment.
- With the resumption of an in-person meeting format, 3 PPSTI sub-groups, (i) Building Science Capacity (led by Malaysia), (ii) Promoting an Enabling Environment for Innovation (led by China), and (iii) Enhancing Regional Science and Technological Connectivity (led by Chinese Taipei), met in parallel to discuss and exchange ideas on projects and enhance synergy among various projects.
- The winner of the 2022 ASPIRE Prize was announced at PPSTI-20. Under the theme “Innovation to achieve environmental, economic, and social goals”, the prize was awarded to Dr. Ren Jingzheng for his research works which unfolded new methods to promote an integrated development of the economy, environment and society, including through bio-circular-green practice. He is Associate Professor of the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong, China. This award, supported by Wiley and Elsevier, two of the world’s leading publishers of scholarly scientific knowledge, recognizes young scientists who have demonstrated a commitment to both excellence in scientific research and cooperation with scientists from the APEC member economies.