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Title Interim Reporting and Capacity Building Workshop for KSP with Paraguay
Date 2017-02-24 Hit 713  

The Science and Technology Policy Institute (STEPI, President Jong-guk Song) conducted Interim Reporting and Capacity Building Workshop for 2016/2017 Knowledge Sharing Program (KSP) with Paraguay on ‘Strengthening and Scaling-up Capacities of National Innovation System in Paraguay’. The joint consulting project is carried out by STEPI in partnership with the Government of Paraguay and is supported by Korean EXIM Bank and Inter-American Development Bank(IDB).


Representatives of key innovation institutions in the Paraguayan STI system including CONACYT, IPTA, INTN, PTI and UC-LED as well as the representative of IDB participated in the workshop that took place from February 20 - 25. The objective of the workshop was to share the preliminary findings on the diagnosis of the Paraguayan STI system, share experiences and lessons from Korean STI development, and to visit relevant research institutes for benchmarking.


The interim reporting workshop took place on February 20 to share the development process of STI system in Korea. The delegation presented on the status and challenges of Paraguayan STI system and introduced their institutions. H.E. Ambassador of Paraguay to Korea, Raul Silvero, gave his congratulatory remarks and promised his support for the project to strengthen the cooperation in the area of STI development between the two countries. 


The delegation visited STEPI on February 22 as part of the capacity building workshop. Dr. Yongsoo Hwang, the Emeritus Research Fellow of STEPI, presented on “Institutional Building and Strategy Setting for S&T Development at the Korea's Early Industrialization Stage”. The delegation also visited other relevant institutions and agencies including KIAT, KETI, KISTI, KTC, KITECH, STEPI, KRISS, ETRI, KISTI, RDA.


During the capacity building workshop from February 21 to February 25, the delegation participated in the site-visits to key STI related research institutes and agencies in Korea. The workshop took place in order to learn best practices on the history, roles, functions and operations of the institutions and the overall system to draw possible implications suitable for the development of Paraguayan STI system based on its current context.


The STEPI team and the Paraguayan participants had a fruitful time discussing about the lessons to be drawn and to build the basis for establishing the vision and goals for the cooperation between the two countries for STI development. STEPI will continue to cooperate very closely with Paraguay to help enhance the capacity of the partner institutions.