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Asian Scientists and S&T personnel training on technology and policy in South Korea
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Sixteen representatives from four countries were trained on technology and policy held in South Korea from March 26 to April 14. The training, sponsored by the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) and organized by the International Innovation Cooperation Center under the Science and Technology Policy Institute (IICC-STEPI), aims to build the capacity of developing countries by sharing Korea’s experience and success in science, technology and innovation policies.

The training, commonly known as TAP, provided participants essential knowledge and understanding about the core elements of science and technology policy formulation including technology management skills, which are significant tools for national development. It likewise provided opportunities to strengthen future cooperation among the participating countries especially in areas of science and technology.

Participants visited several government research institutes and universities that played critical role in advancing Korea in becoming one of Asia’s economic giant that it is today. From being an underdeveloped country in the 60s after the devastation brought by the Korean War, the country has evolved to become a leading exporter of high-technology products. From exporting textiles, garments, and steel the county grew to produce high-technology products like mobile phones, automobiles, and even satellites. With lack of natural resources and raw materials, Korea is now among the world’s leading exporter of steel, a feat no other country has achieved.

Visits to various research institutes, universities, and industries including technoparks opened the participants clearly on the role of science, technology and innovation in the Korean economic development and witnessed different cutting-edge technologies that are new or still-to-be-released in the market.

The sixteen representatives from four countries were Dr. Md. Younus Ali Pramanik, Md. Abdus Satter Miah, Md. Khalilur Rahman and Mohammad Siddiqur Rahman from Bangladesh; Paulino Lopes, Paulo Da Costa, Filomena De Oliveira Camoes and Maria Julia Da Gloria from Timor Leste; Zafar Iqbal, Mubarak Hussain, Muhammad Iqbal and Muhammad Idrees from Pakistan while delegates from the Philippines include Ernesto Granada, Jovito Gonzales, Joseph Escorial, and Paul Ernest de Leon from the Philippines;

Paulo Da Costa, a delegate from Timor Leste, is very thankful for the opportunity to attend the TAP. “Timor Leste is a relatively new country. I learned a lot from the training, which I can apply in my own country. We highly need the technical assistance from KOICA and STEPI on science and technology policy, particularly regarding our plan for establishing the ICT research and development program for Timor Leste,” he said.

Paulo Da Costa, a delegate from Timor Leste, is very thankful for the opportunity to attend the TAP. “Timor Leste is a relatively new country. I learned a lot from the training, which I can apply in my own country. We highly need the technical assistance from KOICA and STEPI on science and technology policy, particularly regarding our plan for establishing the ICT research and development program for Timor Leste,” he said.
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