Korea supports Sri Lanka’s efforts to become hub of the Indian Ocean

Korea has extended support for Sri Lanka’s efforts to become the hub of the Indian Ocean.

The Korean Embassy in Colombo today said that the Science and Technology Policy Institute (STEPI) held workshops on “Capacity Building in Building in STI Policy Formulation and R&D Commercialization” in Colombo recently.

The workshop was mainly focused for high level Government officials and researchers in Sri Lanka.

The workshop was designed to enhance the capacities of 50 senior – level officials and managers of the related Science and Technology governmental agencies, academia and research institutions.

Sri Lanka has set its national vision to become an upper middle-income country by 2025 by transforming the country into the hub of the Indian Ocean with a knowledge-based, highly comparative, social market economy. To do so, the country tries to harness science, technology and innovation to create the conditions which will generate economic growth.

In order to realize the vision of national development with sound STI capacity, it is necessary for the Government to have the officials equipped with knowledge and expertise in establishing and implementing national STI policy, its action plans and an efficient STI system, the Korean Embassy said.

The Embassy said that in most of the cases policy formulation and implementation in Sri Lanka are based on ad hoc approaches and intuition.

The National Science and Technology Commission (NASTEC) under the Ministry of Science, Technology and Research (MoSTR) of Sri Lanka has requested STEPI to provide a customized training program for STI stakeholders about STI policy development and R&D commercialization mechanisms by submitting the Project Concept Paper(PCP) in March, 2017.

As per this request a special workshop on capacity building in STI policy formulation and R&D commercialization commenced in Colombo, 30th May 2018 to June 5th. A special team from STEPI will conduct this training program with presentations on various policy tools, R&D planning and evaluation techniques and R&D commercialization approaches with relevant case studies from Korea.

The inauguration ceremony of the workshop was held at the Sri Lanka Institute of Development Administration (SLIDA) auditorium with the participation of the members of the STEPI team from South Korea, officials from NASTEC, Ministry of Science, Technology and Research, and invited scientists and guests from institutes in Sri Lanka.

Prof. Gunapala Nanayakkara, Chairman of NASTEC delivering the welcome speech of the inauguration session described the present situation of Science, Technology and Research in Sri Lanka, Dr. EunJoo Kim from the STEPI Team and H M B C Herath, Additional Secretary, Ministry of Science Technology and Research also delivered speeches during the ceremony.

Concluding the session vote of thanks was delivered by Dr. Kalpa Samarakoon from NASTEC.

The output expected from the workshop is to acquire essential knowledge on framework, concept, schemes and tools involved in developing STI policies and managing national Research and Development programmes.

It is also to share Korean experiences and practices which were applied in the fields as well as to explore policy ideas to apply in the Sri Lanka context through discussions with Korean experts. (Colombo Gazette)