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Promotion of NIS - Sri Lanka


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Date and Venue
04-05 October 2005, Hotel Galadari, Colombo, Sri Lanka

Asian and Pacific Centre for Transfer of Technology (APCTT)
Ministry of Science and Technology, Government of Sri Lanka
National Engineering Research and Development Centre, Colombo

Brief Profile of Participants
2 international experts
2 national experts
40 participants from NIS stakeholders

Addresses Delivered during the Inaugural Session
Chairman of NERD Centre
Minister of Science & Technology, Government of Sri Lanka

Keynote and Guest Speeches by International Experts
Introduction to the Workshop
Mr. N Srinivasan, Innovation Management, APCTT

National Innovation Systems (NIS): An Introduction
Mr. Se-Jun Yoon, Director, APCTT

During the workshop on National Innovation Systems held on 4 and 5 October 2005 at Colombo, Sri Lanka, the Director of APCTT made a presentation on “Innovation policy framework: concept, elements, development and implementation”. Two resource speakers from the Republic of Korea and Thailand presented papers on the national innovation system. Two case studies were presented by national experts. During the Session on Policy Framework Development and Programmes for Sri Lanka, four working groups were formed to deliberate and develop some key recommendations for key actors of the national innovation system, namely, policy makers, academia, industries and R&D institutions. At the panel session, each working group presented its findings and recommendations leading to the development of a consolidated set of recommendations for the Ministry of Science and Technology, Government of Sri Lanka.

Details of the Technical Sessions
Technical Session I
NIS Practices in Member Countries
Strengthening NIS : Policy Measures in Korea
Dr. Ki-Wan Kim, Associate Research Fellow, Institute of S&T Evaluation and Planning (KISTEP), Seoul, Korea

Nurturing Systems of Innovation: Lessons from Thailand
Dr. Preeda Youngsuksathaporn, Coordinator, National Innovation Agency (NIA), Thailand

Innovative Systems for Self- Reliance in Sri Lanka’s Energy Future
Vidya Jyothi Dr. P Ray Wijewardena, Chancellor , University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka

Innovative Cost Effective Housing Technology
Eng. M W Leelaratne, General Manager, NERDC, Sri Lanka

Technical Session II
NIS Policy Framework Development and Programmes for Sri Lanka
Methodology of workshop
Mr. Se-Jun Yoon and Mr. N. Srinivasan

Group work:

  • R&D group - Dr. Kim-Wan Kim, KISTEP, Korea
  • Policy group – Mr. Se-Jun Yoon, APCTT
  • Private sector group – Dr. Preeda Y., NIA, Thailand
  • Academia group – Mr. N. Srinivasan, APCTT

Recommendations Arising Out of the Technical Sessions and Group Discussions

  • Place the Ministry of Science & Technology under the Head of the State.
  • Development of a national level mechanism to prioritize R&D areas/disciplines.
  • Establish Technology incubators/parks for commercial validation of R&D outputs.
  • Undertake more R&D to promote traditional technologies and local SME sector in order to increase their competitiveness.
  • Improve the capacity and capability of R&D institutes and universities.
  • Encourage establishment of private research units to respond to domestic and global markets.
  • Set up a dedicated agency to promote national innovation systems.
  • Introduce a national level awarding scheme for commercially proven national innovations.
  • Promote venture capital mechanism to create more innovative start-ups.
  • Formulate and enhance S&T educational programmes.
  • Increase higher educational opportunities, including post-graduation to promote S&T.
  • Review existing and evolve innovation friendly fiscal policies.
  • Provide incentives for transfer of technologies developed in R&D institutes and universities.
  • Provide high priority for the development of S&T infrastructure (R&D facilities, S&T information systems, dedicated ICT networks, etc.).
  • Encourage partnership between R&D institutions and industries.
  • Establish cooperative partnerships (including exchange programmes) between local and foreign R&D institutions.
  • Involve S&T personnel in national policy making processes.
  • Position more S&T personnel in the government administration.