APEC to discuss S&T’s role in national development

By , on August 7, 2015

APEC at the previous Information Technology Agreement (ITA) Dialogue in March 2012 (Photo from APEC)
APEC at the previous Information Technology Agreement (ITA) Dialogue in March 2012 (Photo from APEC)

The role of science and technology (S&T) in national development will be dissected by member economies of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) in a two-part series of conferences on August 10-15 at the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC), Pasay City.

The Policy Partnership on Science, Technology and Innovation (PPSTI) will encourage and support S&T industry, including small and medium enterprises (SMEs) through multiple channels and platforms to participate in the APEC STI cooperation on various levels and different fields. This would highlight strong points of collaboration between government and academe.

PPSTI is an APEC working group that aims to strengthen cooperation among the government, private sector and academe.

Hosted by the Department of Science and Technology (DOST), the first series is slated on August 10-12.

Meanwhile, on August 13-15, there will be a High Level Policy Dialogue on Science and Technology in Higher Education (HLPD-STHE). This will be hosted by the DOST, together with the Commission on Higher Education.

The said Dialogue targets the following: highlight S&T’s role in fostering inclusive and regional economic growth; examine higher education mechanisms, modalities and strategies that can build human capital necessary to produce innovations; and demonstrate the contribution of S&T in addressing common issues.

According to DOST, issues affecting APEC member economies include food production and security, environment, disaster prevention, climate change and energy. It also involves marine economy; engineering innovations; and health systems.

As such, the Dialogue is expected to come up with initiatives on cross border education; S&T mobility card for scientists and experts; as well as capacity building through winning programs.