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Title 2nd International Conference on STI and Development
Date 2016-09-29 Hit 823  

Innovation for Shared Prosperity: Addressing Development Challenges through STI Capacity Building


The Science and Technology Policy Institute (STEPI, President Jong-guk Song), in conjunction with The World Bank Group Korea Office, holds the 2nd International Conference on Science, Technology, Innovation (STI) and Development on September 29 and 30, 2016 at the Sheraton Seoul D Cube City Hotel. The topic of the conference is “Innovation  for Shared Prosperity: Addressing Development Challenges through STI Capacity Building.”

There will be presentations regarding actual cases as well as the importance of resolving issues in developing countries by reinforcing STI capabilities. The presentations will be followed by explorations of synergetic collaboration among research institutes, universities, and international organizations.

Proceedings will commence with opening addresses given by Jong-guk Song, President of STEPI, and Joyce Msuya, Director of World Bank Group Korea Office. They will be followed by welcoming adresses given by Milton Alcides Magana Herrera, Ambassador of the Embassy of El Salvador in Korea, and Won-ki Min, Assistant Minister, Office of Planning and Coordination, Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning (MSIP).


The keynote speech will be delivered by Professor Mary Teuw Niane*, Minister of Higher Education and Research of the Republic of Senegal, on the importance of reinforcing STI capabilities for their mutual proliferation. Other speakers will include Dr. Sajitha Bashir , Sector Manager, Education, World Bank Eastern and Southern Africa region; Young-nak Choi, Advisor to the Ethiopian Ministry of Science and Technology, former Director of the Korea Research Council of Public Science & Technology; and Randeep Sudan, Advisor, Digital Strategy and Government Analytics, World Bank.

The subsequent five sessions will have discussions regarding environmental conditions, policy tools, the role of innovation drivers, case studies, and implied significances concerning the reinforcement of STI capabilities in developing countries.

STEPI and the World Bank expect that this conference to illuminate the importance of STI capabilities in resolving problems faced by developing countries, and provide a new venue for developmental cooperation in STI fields.