Asia-Pacific National Innovation Systems
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High and Emerging Technology Innovation Systems and Support Mechanisms

National and Regional Workshops

Background
APCTT has initiated several activities to support member countries in designing, developing and managing their own national innovation systems. During April 2005 to April 2007 total of more than 1,150 senior officials from various Government ministries, industry, academe and R&D institutions in China, India, Indonesia, Islamic Republic of Iran, Pakistan, Philippines, Sri Lanka and Thailand were trained on the concept of a NIS policy framework and its linkages with sectoral and sub-national innovation systems. Reports, findings and recommendations of workshops, and presentation of national and international experts, resource persons made at the national workshops could be accessed at this NIS Resource Centre.

To supplement the NIS initiative, during November 2006 – March 2008, APCTT has also implemented a programme on scouting, documenting and disseminating Grassroots Innovation (GRI) to enable innovation and technology transfer to originate not only from the organized sector, but also from grassroots entities, so that inclusive social entrepreneurship, with an emphasis on gender equality, can be fostered. Four partner member countries, namely, China, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, and the Philippines offered to put in place national infrastructures to scout, document and disseminate GRI and about 380 experts and senior officials, of whom about 140 of them were women, from various government departments and ministries, R&D institutions and technology transfer intermediaries were trained by APCTT to develop and operate the infrastructure to scout, document, and disseminate GRIs.

APCTT implemented a project during the year 2009 that aimed to encourage policymakers and key-actors of the Innovation system to focus on the new and emerging technologies to enhance the competitiveness of small and medium enterprises (SMEs) through innovation and global partnerships. A two-day workshop on Fostering Innovation through Strengthening of Hi-Tech Clusters, from 9 to 10 November 2009 in Hanoi, Viet Nam was organized with the objective of enabling key-actors involved in the structuring and management of the national innovation system of Viet Nam to (a) understand the role and importance of hi-tech clusters (HTCs) in nurturing innovations; (b) formulate strategies, policies and management practices to strengthen hi-tech clusters and promote the industrial application of innovations generated; and (c) provide a unique platform for policymakers and innovation-related experts to exchange their experiences and good practices. The workshop on Promoting Innovation in Nanotechnology and Fostering its Industrial Application in Asia-Pacific held in Colombo, Sri Lanka from 2-3 December 2009, aimed at providing an overview and insight into the development of policies and funding, infrastructure, R&D and commercialization, and education and risk management related to nanotechnology in the Asia-Pacific region. It also presented a number of nanotechnology commercialization case studies to highlight the possible impact of nanotechnology in different industries and the challenges that companies face in the course of its application in business