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Chile Project Team of STEPI-IICC composed of Dr. Yongsuk Jang, Dr. Wangdong Kim and Ms. Juyoon Sun visited Santiago, Chile to take part in Korean Innovation Policy Week held during 5-7 October 2015 with the theme of “Chile: Empowering STI Policy Governance”. Hosted by the Ministry of Economy of Chile, and sponsored by CORFO (Corporación de Fomento de la Producción de Chile) and the Inter-American Development Bank(IDB), the week was held as part of the STEPI’s project on Chile-Technical Cooperation Capacity Building Program funded by IDB.
he aim of the Korean Innovation Policy Week was to review and analyze the underlining success factors and framework conditions of Korean experience on five topics including STI strategy, Industrial strategy, Strengthening STI capacity through government research institutes and policy think-tanks, regional innovation strategy, and academic research. Relevant stakeholders from university, government ministries and agencies, industry and business association participated with great fervor. They strongly believed in the need for changes in the Chilean STI governance to strengthen STI capacities and performance and to bring research closer to the industry. They participated in the intensive discussion to identify the key policy implications for Chile that would be applicable in Chilean context to improve the institutional framework, policies and programs of Chilean innovation system.
The final event of the visit was a seminar organized by the Ministry of Economy titled “Towards Modern Productive Development Policy”, which took place on 9 October 2015 in SOFOFA. As one of the very first events to discuss about the productivity development and strategic selectivity policies, the seminar attracted about 250 participants from the industry, academia and universities. Dr. Andres Zahler, the Head of Innovation Division of Ministry of Economy presented on the Government of Chile’s pursuit of reviving the modern productive development policy to overcome its economic challenges of low productivity, to focus on promoting its key industries by incorporating STI with a mid-long term vision. Dr. Jang presented on the Korean Strategy for National Development which is an example of development experience based on prioritization and support to strategic industries and technologies. Both the idea of reviving the modern productive development policy and Korean experience of national development were received a very positive interest by the participants. The key remaining work is to build consensus for the modern productive development policy.
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