13 to 14 January 2015
Lao, PDR

The Asian and Pacific Centre for Transfer of Technology and the Science and Technology Policy Institute of the Republic of Korea have been combining some of their ongoing programme activities to assist the Lao People’s Democratic Republic and Nepal in analysing their current STI framework conditions and developing strategies to strengthen their national innovation system enabling environments for STI-based national development. APCTT participated in the Final Workshop on Innovation System Diagnosis and STI Strategy Development in Lao PDR held in 14-15 January 2015 in Vientiane. At this workshop Lao STI stakeholders and experts from APCTT and STEPI deliberated on the Lao socio-economic context; STI diagnosis, solutions, priorities and programmes; Taiwan Province of China case of  STI Development and current STI initiative of the Ministry of Science and Technology, Lao PDR. This was followed by brainstorming on potential and promising technology domains from medium to long term STI base development. The outcome of this activity as well as earlier ones has resulted in a report on the STI strategies for poverty reduction in the Lao People’s Democratic Republic. This report was brought out in 2015 for wider circulation among the STI stakeholders in the country with the aim to catalyse the initiation of steps to implement the strategies.