The representatives of Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Member Economies from related Ministries responsible for science and technology gathered in Boracay, the Philippines on 16-18 May 2015 for the 5th APEC Policy Partnership on Science, Technology and Innovation (PPSTI) and 19-20 May 2015 for the Preparatory Conference of the APEC 2015 High-Level Policy Dialogue on Science and Technology in Higher Education (HLPDSTHE), respectively.The Ministry of Research, Technology and Higher Education of the Republic of Indonesia as the focal point of APEC PPSTI attended the Meetings.

The 5th APEC PPSTI, 16-18 May 2015
Sixteen member Economies (Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Canada, People’s Republic of China, Indonesia, Japan, Republic of Korea, Malaysia, New Zealand, Peru, the Philippines, Russian Federation, Chinese Taipei, Thailand, the United States and Viet Nam) and eight guests (Macau, China; Association of Pacific Rim Organization (APRU); the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO); APEC Study Center Consortium (ASCC); Human Resources Development Working Group (HRDGW); Mr. Sherwin Nones; Mr. Yang Tianchu; and Mr. Michael Mudd) attended the Meeting. The theme of the PPSTI-5 was “Science, Technology and Innovation for Inclusive Growth”.The Meeting was chaired by Mr. Chen Linhao (PRC) with Dr. Amelia P. Guavera (the Philippines) and Ms. ChristinKjelland (USA) as vice-chairs.

The first day of the 5th APEC PPSTI discussed some general issues, such as the Annual Work Plan for 2015 and the Strategic Plan, APEC Science Prize for Innovation, Research and Education (ASPIRE), APEC Research and Technology (ART) and the preparation of HLPDSTHE (insight from the Lead Shepherd) which will be held on 6-7 July 2015; andfollowed by parallel meetings of the three sub-groups (Building Science Capacity, Promoting Enabling Environment for Innovation and Enhancing Regional Science and Technology Connectivity). The second day of the Meeting was dedicated for the PPSTI Innovation Policy Sharing Seminarwith the theme of “Small and Medium Science &Technology Enterprises for Inclusive Growth”. The Seminar was divided into three sessions which categorized as (i) government – Policy support for small and medium S&T enterprises to gain greater access to finance, technology, market etc., (ii) academia – Academia’s contribution to human capacity building of small and medium S&T enterprises and academia’s recommendations to government, and (iii) private sector- Relationship between development of small and medium S&T enterprises and inclusive growth and academia’s recommendations to government.Economies whom participated as speakers in the Seminar were included Canada, People’s Republic of China, Japan, USA and international agencies such as WIPO, ASCC and APRU.

The third day of the APEC PPSTI was coincided with the Boracay Day. All the Member Economies were invited to visit Mangrove Park and the Coral Reef restoration project sites. Greeted by the Mayor of Boracay, each Economy had opportunities to plantMangrove seedlings and coral reef. It was such great experiences for Member Economies.

The PPSTI Policy Statement proposed by the Philippines was principally agreed by the member Economies. However, since it will be proposed for Minister’s or Leader’s Statement, Economies suggested to restructuring the sentences into more comprehensive one. The next PPSTI-6 Meeting will be conducted in Cebu, the Philippines, 26-28 August 2015.

Preparatory Conference of HLPDSTHE, 19-20 May 2015
The Meeting aimed to prepare the Conference of HLPDSTHE which will be conducted in the Philippine International Convention Center, Manila, 6-7 July 2015. The initiative came from the Philippines as the host Economy with the objective of this following: (i) to highlight the role of science and technology in fostering inclusive and regional economic growth; (ii) to examine and explore higher education mechanisms, modalities and strategies that can build the human capital necessary to produce innovations in science and technology; and (iii) to demonstrate the contributions of science and technology in addressing issues that commonly affect APEC member economies such as a) Food Production and Security; b) Environment, Disaster Prevention, Climate Change and Energy; c) Marine Economy: Biodiversity and Conversation; d) Smart Analytics and Engineering Innovation; and e) Health System.

The Conference is expected to have about 700 participants from senior government officials in the area of education, science, technology and innovation; leading scientists and researchers; senior university officials; and business or industry leaders from APEC member Economies. Each Economy is encouraged to propose the speaker before 5 June 2015. The Dialogue will result in the formulation of Declaration or Joint Statement in which covers the facility to support mobility of Academia and S&T experts and advancing cross-border education and inter-university collaboration. (ad5.d3/2015)