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Sri Lanka innovation outfit gets UNDP support

ECONOMYNEXT – The United Nations Development Programme has agreed to support Sri Lanka’s Coordinating Secretariat for Science, Technology and Innovation (COSTI) to develop its National Innovations Dashboard.

The web-based tool to track R&D Sri Lankan scientists have launched provides up-to-date information about the island’s science, technology and innovation work that policymakers and businesses can use.

A UNDP statement said it has signed a memorandum of understanding with the COSTI for the further development of the National Innovations Dashboard.

COSTI is the leading government body responsible for coordinating and monitoring all science, technology and innovations activities in the country.

It also works to promote value addition in line with the National Science, Technology and Innovation Strategy of Sri Lanka.

“UNDP Sri Lanka working with COSTI will facilitate greater public engagement and crowd-sourcing of innovative ideas that can contribute towards solving development challenges in Sri Lanka,” the statement said.

“It is very heartening for UNDP to work with a public sector partner to drive forward the integration of innovations to solve national developmental challenges,” said

Jorn Sorensen, Country Director of UNDP in Sri Lanka, said they were working with COSTI to “drive forward the integration of innovations to solve national developmental challenges.”

“COSTI is focused on using unconventional pathways in pursuing innovations,” said Ajith de Alwis, Project Director of COSTI.  (Colombo/November 06 2015)





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