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Science, Technology and Innovation for Sustainable Development in Asia and the Pacific

Policy Approaches for Least Developed Countries

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Despite consensus on the transformative potential of STI, there remains a lack of clarity on how Least Developed Countries (LDCs) can effectively implement it for inclusive and sustainable development. With limited financial resources it is not feasible for LDCs to simply invest significantly in research and development (R&D) activity and develop world-class universities and infrastructure. This publication highlights key innovation polices which have the potential to enable LDCs to reap the benefits of innovation in a cost effective manner.

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Role of ESCAP

Current intergovernmental STI cooperation in the region is disjointed and ad hoc. ESCAP, as the region’s primary intergovernmental forum, provides a unique platform to link these disparate efforts, creating a whole that is greater than the sum of its parts. The most immediate avenue is the inaugural ICT/STI Committee meeting, which will take place in 2016. This Committee presents a unique opportunity to create a truly regional and integrated STI platform to share knowledge across the subregions and capture the diversity and dynamism of STI across Asia and the Pacific.

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