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2017 Korea-Ethiopia Workshop on STI Policy and Development
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Science and Technology Policy Institute (STEPI) has provided a place to transfer the experience of advanced science and technology development in Korea and the process of establishing innovation policies to Ethiopia.

As part of the Science and Technology ODA project, the '2017 Science and Technology Innovation Policy and Development Workshop' was held at the Sejong National Research Complex on November 4th for Ethiopian higher officials and doctoral students studying in Korea.

STEPI established the Korea-Ethiopia Innovation Center (KEIC) in 2014, and is fully engaged in policy consultation and capacity building training programs for Ethiopia.

STEPI and distinguished Korean experts participated in the workshop and advised on the development of science and technology in Ethiopia.

Dr. Youngrak Choi, a former Advisor of Ethiopian Ministry of Science and Technology, explained, "The selection of national policy and development goals with clear targets, the establishment of national R&D programs, the operation of government-funded research institutes and the strengthening of human resources have led to the development of economy in Korea."

He also said, "Ethiopia has failed to connect with companies, universities, and government agencies," and "We should select positive targets and priorities and cooperate with each other to achieve successful development."

Dr. Deok Soon Yim, Chief Director of STEPI International Innovation Cooperation Center (IICC), said, "Korea has developed through systematic economic development plan, periodical R&D investment, and establishment of industrial system." "We will share our experience in developing science and technology policy with Ethiopia, which can support national technology roadmap and action plans."

"Ethiopia has gained a clue for the rapid development of Ethiopia," said H.E. Mekuria Haile Teklemariam, Adviser of the Prime Minister for Urban Affairs. "We will make an effort to improve our technology base through active cooperation with STEPI."

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