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Asia-Pacific Forum - Governance of NIS


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Background and objectives

The Asian and Pacific Centre for Transfer of Technology (APCTT) of the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (APCTT-ESCAP) had successfully implemented a project during 2005-2007 to promote national innovation system (NIS) in countries of the Asia-Pacific region, with funds received from the Department of Scientific and Industrial Research (DSIR) of the Ministry of Science and Technology, Government of India. A second phase of the project (2010-2013) commenced in July 2010, again with DSIR funding. This second phase focuses on key components, implementation strategies and management practices of NISs and their organic linkages with sub-national and sectoral innovation systems. A key feature of this phase will be the involvement of several countries with special needs (CSNs) including Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, Laos People’s Democratic Republic, Myanmar and Nepal.

The first Asia-Pacific Forum on NIS for High-Level Policy-makers held in April 2005 had recommended that a meeting of the Forum be organized once in every two years and accordingly, two such meetings were to be organized during the second phase of the NIS project.

APCTT-ESCAP and the Indonesian Institute of Sciences (Lembaga Ilmu Pengetahuan Indonesia, LIPI) jointly organized an Asia-Pacific Forum on the Governance of National Innovation Systems for Senior Policy-makers during 24-25 November 2010 at Jakarta, Indonesia. The Forum aimed to share knowledge, experiences and best practices in order to assist participating countries to: a) Identify nationally relevant key-components of national innovation ecosystem and their strengths and challenges; b) Strengthen national policy and market-driven approaches to develop linkages and partnerships among research and development (R&D) institutions, academia/universities and enterprises for fostering technology innovation; c) Facilitate national policies and mechanisms to foster networking of public R&D institutions within and across borders; and d) Evolve and adopt methodologies used for periodic performance evaluation of innovation policies, institutional mechanisms and support measures of NIS to identify strengths, challenges, and corrective measures needed to accomplish planned development objectives.