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STEPI-Yachay E.P. Collaborative Project
Since the signing of the MOU last year, STEPI and Yachay E.P. have been discussing about developing a collaborative project; and in order to examine and clarify specific demand and needs for policy consultation with the project team at Yachay E.P., the STEPI research team joined by experts from the Seoul National University (Prof. Hyen Young Yoon and Mr. Andres Navas) visited Yachay, Ecuador from the 18th to the 24th of September.

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Yachay –the City of Knowledge is a long-term national development project which began in 2012 and the very first planned city in Ecuador. Yachay E.P. as the overall management organization of Yachay city, raised self-sustainability of the organization and human resources capacity as a challenging issue. The research team also conducted Field Study and conducted interviews with various innovation actors present in Yachay, to better identify the current status and understand the context of Ecuador’s innovation system.

After analyzing the demand from the Yachay E.P., both parties agreed to develop policy consultation on establishing a National R&D Program and IT Park in Yachay which could be utilized as a possible proposal to be submitted to the Ecuadorian government. In addition, the Management and Business Model for the Scientific and Technological Park (STP), developed by the Yachay counterpart would be reviewed by experts at STEPI and they would provide necessary feedback. This collaborative project is expected to finish in December 2017.
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