Korean support to build Sri Lankaâ€™s science, innovation policy-making skills
ECONOMYNEXT – South Korean is helping Sri Lanka build the skills of senior government officials and scientists in science, technology and innovation (STI) policy making skills.
Science and Technology Policy Institute (STEPI), a policy think-tank supporting Korean economic growth, has just completed training a team of officials in STI policy formulation and R&D commercialization in Colombo.
The workshop was designed to enhance the capacities of 50 senior – level officials and managers of the related Science and Technology governmental agencies, academia and research institutions, a Korean embassy statement said.
It was meant to support Sri Lanka’s national vision to become an upper middle-income country by 2025 by transforming the country into the hub of the Indian Ocean with a knowledge-based, highly comparative, social market economy.
“To do so, the country tries to harness science, technology and innovation to create the conditions which will generate economic growth,” the statement said.
“In order to realize the vision of national development with sound STI capacity, it is necessary for the government to have the officials equipped with knowledge and expertise in establishing and implementing national STI policy, its action plans and an efficient STI system,” it said.
“In most of the cases policy formulation and implementation in Sri Lanka are based on ad hoc approaches and intuition.”
The training was held after a request from Sri Lanka’s National Science and Technology Commission (NASTEC) under the Ministry of Science, Technology and Research.
A special team from STEPI conducted the training program with presentations on various policy tools, R&D planning and evaluation techniques and R&D commercialization approaches with relevant case studies from Korea.
Sri Lankan officials acquired essential knowledge on framework, concept, schemes and tools involved in developing STI policies and managing national Research and Development programmes.
(COLOMBO, June 13, 2018)