Presentation on theme: "Science, Technology and Innovation for Productivity and Prosperity September 9, 2010 Oscar Harasic Office of Science, Technology and Innovation (OSTI)"— Presentation transcript:
Science, Technology and Innovation for Productivity and Prosperity September 9, 2010 Oscar Harasic Office of Science, Technology and Innovation (OSTI) Department of Economic Development, Trade and Tourism (DEDTT) Cortesía: Google Images.
STEI Health Telecommunications Environment Transport Energy Education Food Housing Trade Science, Technology, Engineering and Innovation have an impact on all areas of human activities Millenium Development Goals (MDGs) Consumer Protection Social Responsibility Biotechnology Market Access Ecotourism Micro, Small and Medium sized Enteprises (MSMEs) Competitiveness Quality Manufacturing Nanotechnology Research and Development (R&D) Agricultural industry Value chains
Prosperity (to reach social well-being) Productivity (more production per worker) Quality + Innovation (products, services and processes with value-added) Competitiveness (expansion of exports and markets) Innovation, Competitiveness and Prosperity Courtesy: Google images
Triple Value Added of OAS Science, Technology, Engineering and Innovation as tools for Prosperity (Plan of Action of the 2nd Meeting of Ministers and High Authorities in Science and Technology, Mexico 2008) STEI and public policies for integral development STEI as tools for sustainable natural resource management STEI as tools for increasing competitiveness Mandates and Political Priorities of governments of governments of the Americas Power to Convene: Strategic Partners OAS – Office of Science, Technology and Innovation Activities and Programs in the Lines of Action TM EftA TM STEI = Science, Technology, Engineering and Innovation
OSTI Lines of Action Public Policies for Integral Development Program of Science, Technology and Innovation for Society Activities in Gender Equity and Equality Awareness in National Quality Systems Tools for Sustainable Natural Resource Management BIONNA Network Tools for increasing competitiveness Engineering for the Americas (EftA) – 1 program and its pilot project Inter-American Metrology System (SIM): 2 programs Seminars on Innovation Power to Convene : Cooperation and Strategic Alliances Initiatives and Projects in applied STEI to the following Lines of Action:
Program of Science, Technology and Innovation for Society Objectives General: General: to effectively contribute to the dissemination and appropriation of STI knowledge by Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC). Specific: Specific: to strengthen scientific journalism capacities through the exchange of better practices and training through regional horizontal cooperation. Current Achievements Contests for young scientific journalists through the National Organisms of S&T (simultaneously in South and Central America). Sub-regional Seminars in: Argentina (South America –Oct) Mexico (Central America - Nov) English speaking Caribbean (2011-I) Inter-American Scientific Journalism Web Portal (launching at seminars)
Cooperation Agreement with the Organization for Women in Science for the Developing World (OWSDW/TWOWS) and the Academy of Sciences for the Developing World (TWAS). Cooperation Agreement with the Organization for Women in Science for the Developing World (OWSDW/TWOWS) and the Academy of Sciences for the Developing World (TWAS). Virtual Course on Science, Technology and Society: Inputs of a Gender Focus (OEA/UNESCO). Virtual Course on Science, Technology and Society: Inputs of a Gender Focus (OEA/UNESCO). With the Latin American and the Caribbean Consortium of Engineering Institutions (LACCEI) and others, a study is being designed on participation of women in engineering studies and teaching. With the Latin American and the Caribbean Consortium of Engineering Institutions (LACCEI) and others, a study is being designed on participation of women in engineering studies and teaching. Activities in Gender Equality and Equity
Bio-Innovation Network for the Americas (BIONNA) Objectives General: General: to strengthen competitiveness and the capacity for local innovation in bioengineering for LAC. Specific: Specific: to promote cooperation between enterprises, innovators, researchers, public and private sector leaders, cooperatives, indigenous groups and civil society through a virtual network for biotechnological innovation with emphasis on agriculture, food security, energy, environment and health. Current Achievements The project design was carried out in the OAS facilities with a researcher of the Centro de Investigación en Alimentación y Desarrollo (CIAD-México), sponsored by CIDA (Canadá) and CONACYT. Launching of the regional network will be at Sonora, Mexico (Sept 21-22) Currently the project is in the first stage of execution. Expected Results A sustainable virtual network, within an interactive web portal, that includes a data base of stakeholders and discussion fora.
Innovation Awareness Seminars Collaboration and participation in YABT, LACCEI and others, with presentations for seminars and training workshops (InnovAcción and ICT Americas) to increase awareness in diverse audiences, preferably young entrepreneurs and small businesses, of the importance of innovation in business development, competitiveness and economic development. Current Achievements Panelist in Workshop InnovAcción (Argentina, Nov. 2009) 2 presentations at the Forum: Engineering, Entrepreneurship and Competitiveness (Peru, Mayo 2010) Source: Based on data of the Global Competitiveness Index (GCI), World Economic Forum (2010).
Program of Engineering Education for Competitiveness Update of curricular contents (better practices) Implementation in 8 participating universities (including strategic alliances) Inter-American Engineering Education Web Portal Objectives Expected Results General: General: to improve competitiveness and the capacity for innovation in LAC through a highly qualified engineering labor force. Specific: Specific: to improve the curricula of the five basic engineering (CIMEC) in LAC universities through the update of contents, adoption of global competencies and entrepreneurship capacities, as well as cooperation agreements between universities and the public and private sectors. Initial Coordination for a Pilot Project on Industrial Engineering (PUC-Rio and Virginia Tech) Industrial Engineering Module Current Achievement TM EftA TM EftA Industry Academia Professional Associations R&D Government
Project of Triangular Cooperation : Metrology in Natural Gas Objectives: Objectives General: to contribute to the standardization of the natural gas market in Bolivia and Peru, with direct benefits to consumers, through the improvement of its efficiency in production, distribution and marketing. Specific: Specific: to improve technical competence to measure natural gas (volume and content) in the respective National Metrology Institutes. Bolivia and Peru Germany Mexico and Brazil Current Achievements Diagnosis of metrological capabilities Training of laboratory personnel Identification of laboratory infrastructure requirements Implementation of certification services for natural gas blends (in execution)
Quality Infrastructure for Competitiveness: Regional Plan of Action to Strengthen Basic Capabilities in Metrological Services in Central America and the DR Participating National Metrology Institutes: Guatemala El Salvador Nicaragua Costa Rica Panama Dominican Republic Objective Current Achievements To rely on a roadmap for the establishment of an organized and operative metrological infrastructure to support international trade in the region through a system with internationally recognized measurements. Evaluation of supply and demand of basic metrological services Preparation and approval of a feasible Plan of Action to strengthen basic capabilities of metrological services towards a distributed cooperation network in the region
Improvement of National Quality Systems for Competitiveness (Central America and the Dominican Republic) Objective To attain accreditation of laboratories through the improvement of their technical capabilities. To attain, in addition, certification of meat products for meat processors with export potential by strengthening their technical infrastructure. Current achievements This project is currently being designed for DR Expected Results Diagnosis of the current situation of enterprises in the meat sector Identification of enterprises with the best practices and export potential Review of the situation of meat sanitation. Training at laboratories in accordance with international procedures to attain accreditation
Strategic Alliances: Agreements and Other Activities of Cooperation Agreement with the International Council for Science (ICSU) for the strengthening of scientific and engineering capacities. Agreement with the International Council for Science (ICSU) for the strengthening of scientific and engineering capacities. Development of initiatives of Internet 2 (Caribbean): Latin American Cooperation of Advanced Networks (CLARA). Development of initiatives of Internet 2 (Caribbean): Latin American Cooperation of Advanced Networks (CLARA). Cooperation Agreement with the Public Intellectual Property Resource for Agriculture (PIPRA) / University of California. Cooperation Agreement with the Public Intellectual Property Resource for Agriculture (PIPRA) / University of California. Agreement with the Institute of the Americas (IOA) and the Trust of the Americas (Trust) for scientific journalism. Agreement with the Institute of the Americas (IOA) and the Trust of the Americas (Trust) for scientific journalism. Agreement with the CRUSA Foundation of Costa Rica for projects that promote interdisciplinary and international cooperation for advanced technologies. Agreement with the CRUSA Foundation of Costa Rica for projects that promote interdisciplinary and international cooperation for advanced technologies.
Recap: OSTI Achievements in the Lines of Action ( ) STEI and public policies for integral development STEI as tools for sustainable natural resource management STEI as tools for increasing competitiveness Program of Science, Technology and Innovation for Society (in execution). Gender: cooperation agreements, virtual course and design for a study on women in engineering. Collaboration in BIONNA network project (1st phase). Awareness seminars in Innovation. Engineering Education for Competitiveness: Module of Industrial Engineering (approved). Pilot Project in Industrial Engineering (PUC-Rio and Virginia Tech) (initiating). Triangular Cooperation Project: Metrology of Natural Gas (in execution). Quality Infrastructure for Competitiveness: Regional Plan of Action in Metrology Services for CAMET and the Dominican Republic (final phase). Power to Convene: Cooperation and Strategic Alliances
OSTI has yet much to do… The challenge: create awareness importance of STI The challenge: create awareness in government authorities and the private sector on the importance of STI in the development of the region. invest Our countries need to invest in the strengthening of STI capacities: infrastructure, training, exchanges of best practices, research, and trade facilitation. OSTI countriespriorities In order to go forward, OSTI requires sustainable mechanisms to secure financial resources for the preparation and the implementation of capacity building projects, in accordance to the lines of actions that the countries selected as priorities during the Mexico Ministerial.
Thank you, Gracias, Merci, Obrigado Oscar Harasic Chief, Office of Science, Technology and Innovation (OSTI)