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Science and Technology Policy Institute-International Innovation Cooperation Center (STEPI-IICC) and Seoul National University-International IT Policy Program (SNU-ITPP) hosted the 5th Science & Technology ODA forum on October 30th 2015. The main theme was "Science, Technology and ICT Innovation for Sustainable Development".

The 5th Science & Technology ODA Forum
<Participants of the 5th Science and Technology ODA Forum>

The 5th S&T ODA Forum was organized in connection to the ITPP "Society of International Innovation Practice on Information Science (SIIP)." Since the previous forums focused on the Korean Science and Technology ODA policy issues and ODA projects conducted by Korean institutes, this forum was organized in order to involve perspectives from abroad on STI & ICT ODA policies. The 5th S&T ODA forum explored global cases and practices on ICT innovations and future direction of Korean Science, Technology and ICT ODA.

<Presentation of Dr. Chi Ung Song of STEPI>

In the First Session, Dr. Chi Ung Song, a research fellow of STEPI, presented a paper on "Understanding Korean STI Policy in the Context of Development Economics". He introduced the main outcomes in the STI sector of Korea and suggested the political implications for the cooperation with developing countries. He mentioned that the Korean STI development went in line with the economic development of Korea and emphasized that the Korean government conducted policies that promote development of competent human resources in STI field.

Highlights: Empowering STI governance in Chile
<Presentation of Dr. Jun Seok Hwang of SNU-ITPP>

Dr. Jun Seok Hwang, the director of SNU-ITPP, presented case studies on "ICT Innovation for Sustainable Development" which included future directions of ICT innovation of Korea. He mentioned that ICT has been the leading sector that propelled Korea’s unprecedented economic growth and there’s important cases that implemented ICT in the education, environment, health, culture, social security sectors etc. There are examples: edunet that allows the transfer and sharing of information on education, BESTCare 2.0 which is a system that presents information on medical status among hospitals, Mobile App that promotes traditional markets etc are a few among the best ICT cases of Korea. He concluded by saying that Korea’s future goal is to connect ICT to Human evolution.

Highlights: Empowering STI governance in Chile
<Presentation of Mahdi Abdullah Alsebaeai of Yemen Sana University>

In the Second Session, three ITPP alumni (Radoslaw Okulski, Emmanouil Zografakis, Mahdi Abdullah Alsebaeai) presented papers on "Global Best Practice for ICT Development" in the perspective of each country (Poland, Greece, Yemen). Radoslaw Okulski who is the Vice Dean of Radom Academy of Economics in Poland spoke about the characteristics of Polish IT market, Emmanouil Zografakis, Director of Ministry of Justice of Greece, explained the action plan of EU for establishing the e-government in Greece, and Mahdi Abdullah Alsebaeai, Professor of Yemen Sana University, spoke about the success factors for Yemen Government to establish an e-government.

Highlights: Empowering STI governance in Chile
<Presentation of Emmanouil Zografakis of Ministry of Justice of Greece>

In the discussion session, the global IT experts and the government officials who are attending Seoul National University ITPP Program examined the current issues in regards to ICT ODA and on the sustainable Science, Technology and ICT ODA development plan.

The Science & Technology ODA forum has been organized since 2014 in order to network Science & Technology experts in and out of Korea and share best & worst practices in regards to the S&T ODA. Since then the experts were gathered to discuss about diverse S&T ODA policy issues and the forum was previously organized jointly with the National Assembly, Korean National Commission for UNESCO, Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA).

Not only did the forum act as a platform for Korean experts to produce inclusive and effective S&T ODA policies based on gathered information but it also dealt other important issues such as Korean S&T ODA model under the “SDGs Framework”, Public-Private-Partnership in S&T ODA projects and finally ICT ODA.

The next 6th S&T ODA forum is scheduled to focus on S&T Education & Training Program in developing countries and it will continue to cover diverse ranges of issues in the S&T ODA field.

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