Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) gap assessment of SPECA countries: Paving the way to action under the SPECA Innovation Strategy for Sustainable Development
26 November 2020, 9am CET (Geneva time)
The webinar aims to present and validate the draft findings of the Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) Gap Assessment of the SPECA Countries. It also aims to discuss concrete actions for the first Action Plan under the SPECA Innovation Strategy for Sustainable Development. To further guide the conversation on driving innovation for sustainable development in the SPECA sub-region, the potential for new industrial policy (NIP) to support STI development through technology upgrading will be showcased. Technology upgrading appears to be the most suited NIP approach in the sub-region, given SPECA countries` economic structure, innovation capabilities and the state of governance of industrial and innovation policies. In addition, the webinar will feature discussion of effective incubator policy to support innovative entrepreneurship in the sub-region as a driver of innovation and sustainable development. This part will draw on the UNECE Handbook on Promoting Innovation through Incubation Programmes in the SPECA Sub-region (forthcoming).
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