Dr. Fred Gault, a UNU-MERIT professorial fellow, joined a 7 September panel of international experts in Bogotá to advise the Colombian government on its latest National Innovation Strategy.
The intent of the full-day evenr, “Dialogue of International Experts’ Panel and the National Government”, was to present Colombia’s National Innovation Strategy to internationally recognized, highly experienced experts in the field, and thereby establish an open dialogue that would enable enrichment and optimization of said strategy and its implementation. The Colombian government envisions that the National Innovation Strategy will “contribute to the prosperity for all, by establishing a common language referring to innovation and the definition of State’s policies and its institutions for the insertion of the country into the economy of knowledge”.
The event began with a general presentation of the National Innovation Strategy, followed by feedback from all members of the international experts’ panel and government representatives. Specific dialogues were then held regarding the three pillars of the strategy — business innovation, human capital, and science and technology — as well as for the transversal pillar of institutional reforms and the topic of strategic selectivity and productive transformation.
On the following day, Prof. Gault gave a lecture on “Different approaches to innovation strategies and the instruments they use” at an event tagged Connecting Colombia: Development From Innovation. In a bid to promote innovation as a driver of economic and social development, the event sought policy recommendations from around the world.
Details about the 7 Sept. National Innovation Strategy panel and PowerPoint slides from Prof, Gault’s 8 Sept. lecture can be downloaded from a related news story on the UNU-MERIT website.