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2011/SOM1/SCE/017

Agenda Item: 5.
4







Medium Term Workplan (2010


2015)

-

ISTWG


Purpose:
Consideration

Submitted by:
ISTWG






























































First SOM Steering Committee on
Economic and Technical Cooperation
Meeting

Washington, D.C.
, United States

9 March
20
11


MEDIUM TERM WORKPLAN

(2010


2015)

-

DRAFT

(Realigned to APEC Leaders’ Growth Strategy during the

40
th

ISTWG Meeting, Wa
shington DC)


Industrial Science and Technology Working Group (ISTWG)



1.

INTRODUCTION


The APEC Industrial Science and Technology Working Group (ISTWG) recognizes the critical and strategic role that it
has in helping member economies achieve positive gain
s by encouraging widespread access to and, increase knowledge
about industrial science and technology.

The ISTWG will support the priorities of innovative, inclusive and green growth
under the APEC Growth Strategy. It is the engine of future economic growt
h. The wealth of knowledge and expertise that
resides within member economies representing ISTWG, coupled with their dynamism will benefit APEC directly.


The ISTWG focus will then be to help create the environment that promotes and facilitates in the gen
eration of new ideas,
the commercialization of ideas or “taking labs to market”, the diffusion of new and existing knowledge and technologies,
developing creative, innovative and talented people as well as developing entrepreneurial skills.


The ISTWG act
s as implementer of projects, as well as an advisor on innovation and commercialization policy, especially
in industrial science and technology. Collaboration among members in developing and implementing new initiatives that
have significant impact, sustai
nable and promote innovative growth will be given further attention. Learning form others
and benchmarking will be an important element in moving forward. New and innovative approaches will be introduced in
the conduct of ISTWG business so as to ensure con
tinued success, relevance and sustainability
.



2. GOALS (G) OF ISTWG
IN 2010
-
2015


Recognizing the priorities outlined by the APEC Leaders’ Growth Strategy to promote free and open trade and investment,
and strengthen regional economic integration, the I
ndustrial Science and Technology Working Group will:


G1.

Promote innovation in order to advance green growth and sustainable economic development


G2.

Strengthen the link between scientific and technological research, innovation and commercialization through
eng
aging private sector, research organizations, academic sector and other international bodies.



3.


KEY PRIORITIES (KP) OF ISTWG, 2010
-
2015


Three (3) key priorities scope the Work Programs and activities that enable ISTWG achieve its goals. These key priori
ties
can be revisited annually to ensure that they are always aligned to APEC Leaders’ Growth Strategy. They are:


KP1.

Enhance scientific and technological collaboration and cooperation to help address our common challenges

KP2.

Share information on policies to cre
ate enabling environments for the commercialization of research and
innovations in order to create jobs and grow our economies.

KP3.

Support international science and technology networks in order to enhance human resource capacity building
and share information

on innovation policies and innovative activities



4.


IMPLEMENTATION OF PRIORITIES

The ISTWG has four sub
-
groups designed to implement the key priorities: Human Resources Development, International
Science and Technology Network, Connecting Research and Inn
ovation, and Technological Cooperation and Strategic
Planning. The Chairs of each subgroup work with the subgroup members and Lead Shepherd to develop the strategic
direction of ISTWG and assess new project proposals against ISTWG’s priorities.

ISTWG me
mbers have also established the Innovation Policy Forum and the APEC Research and Technology Program
(ART) that serve to provide fora for discussing policy issues. These dialogues provide direction for the APEC ISTWG, and
generate ideas for future proposa
ls. ISTWG appreciate the value of dialogues and will create opportunities for more
dialogues to exchange views, share knowledge and experiences on policies and cross cutting issues among the APEC
member economies, aimed to uncover a clearer and dynamic vis
ion around which to build regional Science & Technology
networks, foster public
-
private partnerships, and recommend the focus areas for ISTWG activities in line with innovative
growth, green growth and inclusiveness.

Emphasis will also be given to environ
mentally sustainable topics, with particular regard to technological policies and
practices that affect the private sector or that require regional Science & Technology cooperation to provide necessary
scientific information and shared research to create a

better living environment. ISTWG sub
-
groups will intensify
collaboration with other Working Groups within APEC. More cooperation at project levels will be forged.

The scope for each sub
-
group can be briefly described as follows:

4.1 Human Resources Dev
elopment

Aiming to strengthen capacity building in industrial science and technology, guided by the APEC Leaders’ Growth Strategy
and the 4
th

Industrial Science and Technology Ministerial Meeting held in 2004 in New Zealand; adopted a holistic
approach of

a career path value chain from students, young graduates, entrepreneurs, women and community. Extending
researcher mobility and increase public interest in S&T, particularly for wider implementation among young people and
women will open an opportunity to

collaborate and engage with HRDWG.


4.2 International Science and Technology Network

ISTWG supports the creation of networks of S&T communities in Asia Pacific region to encourage the open flow of
information among researchers and business communities.
The “networking tools” is used to support the Innovative and
Green Growth initiative, and to assist ISTWG in reaching out to the private sector.


The dedicated public
-
private collaboration is expected to bring the “market driven” elements into the resear
ch project
definition phase and helps to enhance the possibility of commercializing the research results by engaging early funding,
technology transfer, incubation, and similar areas; contributing towards a “seamless regional economy” generating
economic g
rowth, employment, and prosperity across the Asia
-
Pacific.



It also supports the establishment of “one
-
stop” technology centers, such as technology parks and engineering research
centers, that have a multilateral collaborative and networking dimension, an
d provide facilities for technology development,
training and information sharing for businesses, research institutions and institutions of higher learning. It supports the
creation of networks among these centers to facilitate more widespread cooperative
activities.


Workshop on International S&T Network is one of the ways in which collaboration with other APEC Working Groups can
be fostered and developed.


4.3 Connecting Research and Innovation

The overall objective is to promote innovative growth and
the development of emerging economic sectors by linking
research to economic benefit.

The sub
-
group will do this by providing a platform for economies to work together to address
these important public policy issue.




Key focus would be:

1.

Commercialisati
on of research and technology transfer


2.

Accessing capital for innovation (from pre
-
seed through to venture)


3.

Fostering entrepreneurial culture


which will link with the HR sub
-
group.


The sub
-
group will balance a policy perspective with an action focus.

P
rojects sought are:

1.

Sharing policy experiences between APEC economies on issues outlined in the key focus areas or

2.

Programmes that connect government, research and business throughout the APEC region.




ISTWG also supports the innovative activities in th
e industries and businesses of the region and it also focuses on the
projects especially in the fields of new and high
-
technology such as bio
-
technology, nanotechnology, aerospace, and
measuring science, etc


4.4 Technological Cooperation and Strategic Pl
anning

This sub
-
group will promote scientific and technical collaboration and foster technical cooperation among APEC
economies, within the key priorities set by ISTWG. As this requires longer term implementation to generate substantive
technical data for
decision making, cooperation with other related Working Groups in APEC and a wider co
-
operation is
needed. In such cases, linking to other international bodies outside APEC may be pursued
.

5.

WORK PROGRAM


Projects proposed based on key priorities (KP) for Go
al 1 are as follows:


G1: Promote innovation in order to advance green growth and sustainable economic development


KEY

PRIORITIES


A
CTION ITEMS
/S
PECIFIC
PROCESSES
/
ACTIVITIES

E
XPECTED
O
UTCOMES

T
IMEFRAME

C
OOPERATING
PARTY

KP1:

Enhance
scientific and
te
chnological
collaboration and
cooperation to
help address our
common
challenges





APEC Climate Center for Climate
Information Services to Society

Provide enhanced support to national
hydrological and meteorological services
through the provision of state
-
of
-
the
-
art
seasonal forecasts, prediction of extreme
events and other services
.

APCC extends cooperation areas to
emergency preparedness, food security,
energy, water supply, public health, and
marine resources conservation.



APCC

provides

op
timized clim
ate prediction
information

to 21 APEC members, including
those members which have no capability to
produce the high
-
cost climate information.

APCC also helps member economies reduce
negative economic
i
mpacts, protect lives and
properties, and
promote econo
mic prosperity
.

Annually,


2010
-

2015

EWG,

EPWG,


Research on the Futures of Low Carbon
Society: Climate Change & Adaptation for
Economies in APEC beyond 2050

A
im to envision and describe the future society
where a low carbon economy and adaptive
lif
estyle become the principle drivers governing
trade and development and to formulate short,
middle, and long term strategies for the region in
terms of technological development
.

Annually


2010
-
2015

EWG

APEC Center for Typhoon and Society

A
iming to reduc
e socio
-
economic losses
caused by typhoon

Annually

2010
-
2015

EPWG


WMO

KEY

PRIORITIES


A
CTION ITEMS
/S
PECIFIC
PROCESSES
/
ACTIVITIES

E
XPECTED
O
UTCOMES

T
IMEFRAME

C
OOPERATING
PARTY

APEC Symposium on Low
-
Carbon
Technology and Industrial Cooperation


T
he symposium highly focuses on the common
issues arising from climate change that all the
APEC member economies co
me across and
could not stay away from or manage to meet
on one’s own. International cooperation in
emerging industries, especially in low
-
carbon
technology and industrial cooperation between
APEC members are very important to address
the common goal of a
green and sustainable
economic development.

Reach a common understanding on joint
development of “low
-
carbon economy” through
Industrial technical cooperation among APEC
members;

Set up a technology transfer platform to facilitate
low
-
carbon technical coo
peration among APEC
members and others as well
;

Develop an adoptable “low
-
carbon practice” that
would benefit all APEC member economies.

2011

EWG


Develop the Eco
-
Environmental Impact
Assessment Estimating Tool

D
evelop
ing

the eco
-
environmental impact
ass
essment estimating tool such that a simplified
means of deriving key eco
-
environmental
information for ICT equipment / assets can be
obtained

Annually


2010
-
2015

HWG

APEC Research Network for Advanced Bio
-
hydrogen Technology

To innovate a high rate bio
-
h
ydrogen production
system, including bacterial screening, cultivation,
bioreactor design, optimum operation, scale
-
up
technology, biogas purification, applications of
high value
-
added liquid products, reuse of
organic wastes, as well as the molecular
monit
oring techniques on the bio
-
hydrogen
bioprocess

Every year in
2010
-
2015


APEC International Biogas Resources
Development and Utilization Science and
P
romot
ing

APEC member economies


communication and cooperation on biogas and

2011

EWG

KEY

PRIORITIES


A
CTION ITEMS
/S
PECIFIC
PROCESSES
/
ACTIVITIES

E
XPECTED
O
UTCOMES

T
IMEFRAME

C
OOPERATING
PARTY

Technology Cooperation Forum

other new energy development and utilization
technologies, develop high effective energy
technologies, strengthen regional cooperation,
attract more energy investments, promote cross
-
boundary energy trade and promote common
prosperity of APEC
.

Seminar on Satellite Data Application for
REDD Project Support in APEC
-
Satellite
Imagery Data Application to Resolve
Climate Change Response

Tasks by
Monitoring Forest Cover Dynamics in the
APEC Economies

Seminar on satellite data application for REDD
proj
ect support in APEC

E
xchange of experience in organizing and
carrying out REDD projects, using satellite
technology for monitoring and verification;
improve the understanding of REDD projects
development trends, especially with the
deployment of Remote Sen
sing.

2011
-
2012














KEY

PRIORITIES


A
CTION ITEMS
/S
PECIFIC
PROCESSES
/
ACTIVITIES

E
XPECTED
O
UTCOMES

T
IMEFRAME

C
OOPERATING
PARTY

KEY

PRIORITIES


A
CTION ITEMS
/S
PECIFIC
PROCESSES
/
ACTIVITIES

E
XPECTED
O
UTCOMES

T
IMEFRAME

C
OOPERATING
PARTY

KP2
:

Share
information on
policies to create
enabling
environments
for the
commercializati
on of research
and innovati
ons
in order to create
jobs and grow
our economies.

Disaster Reduction Hyperbase
-
Asian
Application (DRH
-
Asia)


This project
consist
s

of: 1) Formation of DRH
-
Alliance with APEC economies.

2) APEC
Workshop on Implementation Strategy of
Disaster Reduction.


P
roviding technical assistances for disaster
reduction policies in the APEC regions through
application of the DRH system, a web
-
based
information platform for disseminating useful
disaster reduction technology and knowledge
.

Annually

2010
-
2015

EPWG















KEY

PRIORITIES


A
CTION ITEMS
/S
PECIFIC
PROCESSES
/
ACTIVITIES

E
XPECTED
O
UTCOMES

T
IMEFRAME

C
OOPERATING
PARTY

KP3
:

Support
international
science and
technology
networks in order
to enhance human
resource capacity
building and share
information on
i
nnovation
policies and
innovative
activities




Innovation Policy Forum

1.

Specific themes:

i.

Open innovation

ii.

Cluster policy

iii.

public
-
private partnership

iv.

human resource development

v.

technology transfer

vi.

evaluation of innovation po
licy

vii.

Intellectual Property policy


Forum is a venue of mutual leaning for
government officials of

APEC economies in
ISTWG
,
so that they can raise their capacities in
developing and implementing

innovation policy
by learning from each other’s best experiences
and practices
. Guests from inte
rnational
organizations and private sectors will be invited
to speak.

Sendai: 2010

Annually:

Autumn 2011


Autumn 2015


Eg. OECD,

Private Sectors
(Industries and
Businesses)










Projects proposed based on
key priorities (KP) for Goal 2

are as follow
s:


G2: Strengthen the link between scientific and technological research, innovation and commercialization through
engaging private sector, research organizations, academic sector and other international bodies.


KEY

PRIORITIES


A
CTION ITEMS
/S
PECIFIC
PR
OCESSES
/
ACTIVITIES

E
XPECTED
O
UTCOMES

T
IMEFRAME

C
OOPERATING
PARTY

KP1:

Enhance
scientific and
technological
collaboration and
cooperation to
help address our
common
challenges




APEC
-
DRH Information Platforms

for
Disseminating Implementation
Technologie
s of Disaster Reduction in
APEC Economies

P
romoting implementation technologies and
knowledge for disaster reduction through DRH
information platform in APEC economies
.

Annually


2010
-
2015

EPWG

Comparative Research on Water

Treatment Technologies

To ana
lyze and compare advanc
ed water
treatment technologies
and e advice to
stakeholders who are in charge of conducting
water treatment project.

To facilitate the establishment of more
environmental friendly water treatment projects
with recommended technologi
es in this project for
the objective of sustainable development.

In 2011


APEC Network for Materials Evaluation
Technology

S
tudy on the difference of meteorology found in
APEC economies.

In 2011
-
2012


Innovation Technology of Helium Industrial
Processi
ng and its Influence on Economic
Impacts of Helium Distribution under
Regional Aspects in the APEC Zone

Providing
impetus to new high
-
tech projects in the
field of nanotechnologies, energy engineering,
market oriented R&D.

In 2010


APEC Capacity Building

Seminar on
Nutrigenomics

G
ather
ing

experts in Nutrigenomics to discuss the
interrelationships of diet, disease and the
application of Nutrigenomics in the improvement of
health of individual APEC members
.

In 2011
-
2012





KEY

PRIORITIES


A
CTION ITEMS
/S
P
ECIFIC
PROCESSES
/
ACTIVITIES

E
XPECTED
O
UTCOMES

T
IMEFRAME

C
OOPERATING
PARTY

KP2
:

Share
information on
policies to create
enabling
environments
for the
commercializati
on of research
and innovations
in order to create
jobs and grow
our economies.

Reducing
Transaction Cost, Increasing
Foreign Direct Investment through
Transparent Governance on Research
Integrity within APEC Economies


Sustaining knowledge economies, reducing
transaction cost and increasing international trade
and investment through good g
ove
rnance on
research integrity;

Setting up a research integrity management
framework for international research collaboration
within APEC
; and

Proposing a research integrity management
training program for international research
collaboration within APEC
.

An
nually

2010
-
2015


APEC R&D Management Training Program

(ART)

B
uild
ing

a sound and robust S&T network among
APEC economies by exchanging S&T experts
and sharing the best S&T policy practices.

Annually

2010
-
2015

HRDWG

Advancing biotechnology and ensuring

sustainable financing



A
ccessing life science developments;

L
ooking at strategic partnerships with industry
and capital; and

P
rovide researchers with knowledge of
opportunities for financing

In 2010
-
2011









KEY

PRIORITIES


A
CTION ITEMS
/S
PECIFIC
P
ROCESSES
/
ACTIVITIES

E
XPECTED
O
UTCOMES

T
IMEFRAME

C
OOPERATIN
G PARTY

KP3
:

Support
international
science and
technology
networks in order
to enhance human
resource capacity
building and share
information on
innovation
policies and
innovative
activities




A
PEC Virtual Center for Environmental
Technology Exchange

P
rovide environmental technology and information
from governments, business and environmental
organization through the internet
.

Annually


2010
-
2015


APEC Youth Festival

Target participants consist

of approximately
400 APEC and 300 local students aged of 15
to 18 years old, as well as some 200
educators/mentors for APEC youth students.

Provide young students around the APEC Region
an international platform and opportunities to
articulate ideas, poin
t of views from their locality
knowledge as well as bringing awareness
importance of S&T and its impact on global
concerns and environment issues and put forward
to proposed solutions from S&T aspects.

4
th

Festival:
Thailand in 2011

Once every two
years i
n a
volunteering
member economy

HRDWG

APEC S&T Mentoring Center for the Gifted
in Science

Organizing
APEC Future Scientist Conference

Develop the human network for the Gifted in
Science professional from APEC economies.

B
uild an infrastructure for scienc
e educators,
scientists and the Gifted in Science for positive
cooperation
.

Annually


2010
-
2015

HRDWG

APEC International Master’s Program:
Policie
s for Technology Innovation and
Entrepreneurship

Promote economy integration by development of
innovation &
entrepreneurship ecosystem based
on free commerce and investment rules.

Annually


2012
-
2015

HRDWG

Enhancement of Interaction and Networking
of IST Human Resources in the Region by
Utilizing ICT

E
nhanc
ing

network/community of the experts in
the region wit
h a view to maximi
zing its innovative
potential

with policy recommendations as to
effective use of ICT tools

(
ex. Web page, Blog,
SNS, Wiki, online meeting tools
)
and

an

optimal
format of network/community in the region

Annually

2010
-
2015

TELWG

APEC ISTI

Database

D
atabase on Science and Technology
indicators (e.g. R&D expenditures, human
resources, etc.) available via internet
.

Promoting the exchange of information regarding
the S&T of member economy in the region.

Annually

2010
-
2015



6.

ISTWG Meeting Pla
n in 2010
-
2015



Year


Leaders' Meeting

S
cience &
T
echnology
M
inisterial
M
eeting/

Innovation Ministerial Meeting

ISTWG (Spring)

ISTWG (Autumn)

Youth Festival

2015

TBC


TBC

Korea

(Tentative)

TBC

2014

TBC

TBC

TBC

Canada

(Tentative)


2013

Indonesia


SOM1 i
n Indonesia

Australia

(Tentative)

TBC

2012

Russia

Russia (Tentative)

SOM1 in Russia

Chinese Taipei

(Tentative)


2011

U.S.


SOM1 in the U.S.

SOM3 in the U.S

Thailand

2010

Japan


Secretariat

SOM3 in Japan



1.

ISTWG event
s

will be hosted by one member econo
my in the principle of “
Voluntarism
” and “
Rotational Basis


2.

APEC STMM or Innovation ministerial meeting will be held
in a voluntary member economy
every two year from the year of 2012

3.

ISTWG meeting in the first half year will be held on the occasion of the

first Senior Official Meeting (SOM) in the host economy of the
APEC Leaders’ meeting

4.

ISTWG meeting in the second half year,
where
possible will be held on the occasion of the
third

Senior Official Meeting (SOM) in the host
economy of the APEC Leaders’ me
eting OR in one voluntary member economy. If there is no voluntary economy to host the ISTWG
meeting, the APEC Secretariat will be alternative meeting place
provided

that ISTWG will pay “Administrative Recovery Fee (ARF)”

5.

APEC Youth Festival will be held

every two year in a voluntary member economy from the year of 2011



7.

ISTWG Leadership Group in 2010
-
2015



The selection of Lead Shephe
rd and Deputy Lead Shep
he
rd for ISTWG and their duties will follow the

Revised Guidelines for Lead Shepherd/Chair and D
eputy Lead Shepherd/Chair of APEC Working Groups and
SOM Task Forces

presented at the Second SOM Steering Committee on Economic and Technical Cooperation
Meeting,
Sapporo, Japan,
2 June 2010”.


ISTWG Sub
-
group Chairs

are selected in a voluntary and rotatio
nal basis with two year term when a new
L
ead
S
hepherd is appointed. They assist a
L
ead
S
hepherd as
Friends of the Chair (FOTC)

and serve an ISTWG project
assessment/evaluation as
standing
ISTWG

QAF (project qualification assessment framework) member
.


IST
WG
Friends of the
L
ead
S
hepherd
/Chair
(FOTC)

comprises the Sub
-
group Chairs and selected (by the Lead
Shepherd) member economies.