The United States, led by Dr. Montira Pongsiri, Science Advisor at the U.S. Mission to ASEAN, and the ASEAN Committee on Science and Technology (COST) concluded a robust consultation in Tagaytay City, Philippines. The meeting covered a wide-ranging set of activities designed to strengthen science capacity in ASEAN through fostering of people to people exchanges both among ASEAN scientists and between ASEAN and U.S. scientists. COST endorsed the ASEAN-U.S. Science and Technology Fellows Pilot Program which will support ASEAN scientists to work in their home ministries to promote the use of the best science to inform the national and ASEAN regional policy process. The delegation shared new U.S.-supported science partnerships and resources including an ASEAN-U.S. Science Prize for Women and the ASEAN-U.S. Fulbright Scholars and Specialist Programs. It also highlighted the application of science and technology in the urban environment through the new CityLinks Pilot Partnership between the United States and ASEAN member states, and the upcoming Urban Adaptation Futures Conference.
The current COST Chair, Dato Paduka Haji Suhaimi Haji Gafar, emphasized that ASEAN recognizes the important role of science, technology and innovation (STI) in accelerating its community building. The development of the new ASEAN Plan of Action on Science, Technology and Innovation (APASTI 2015-2020) which will converge COST Flagship programmes and clusters identified in the Krabi Initiative, is a further sentiment of ASEAN COST efforts in streamlining its activities towards the achievement of ASEAN Community by 2015.
Dato Paduka noted “the ASEAN-US Consultation Meeting on S&T serves as a platform and strong demonstration of ASEAN and US commitment for long-term and meaningful science engagement. I foresee strong US involvement and contribution towards initiatives in the new APASTI 2015-2020.”
New post is also available in InnovASEAN blog on the topic of this COST Meeting.