Innovations go East!
Russia proposes stepping up international cooperation to support innovative clusters, fast-growing high-tech companies, and technology commercialisation in the APEC. The Russian delegation presented relevant initiatives on innovation-based development in the Asia-Pacific region (designed with the participation of HSE expert) at the 10th meeting of the APEC Policy Partnership on Science, Technology, and Innovation (May 11-13, 2017, Hanoi, Vietnam). The proposals were accepted, and their implementation will start in the autumn of 2017.
|Anna Kuznetsova, Nikita Ponomarenko, Ekaterina Islankina|
The event took place in the scope of the annual series of senior officials’ meetings APEC 2017. Russia presented two initiatives: “Developing international cooperation between innovative clusters and regions of the APEC economies”, and “Coordinating APEC countries’ economic policies to facilitate the emergence of new technology markets”, and a draft proposal to organise a workshop on supporting accelerated development of fast-growing high-tech companies. These proposals were prepared with the participation of the following HSE ISSEK staff members: Galina Sagieva, Head of the Department for Research of Intellectual Property and Technology Transfer; Ekaterina Islankina, Research Fellow at the Russian Cluster Observatory; and Alexander Stepanov, Head of the Regional Innovative Development Sector of the HSE Institute of Innovation Management. Ekaterina Islankina was also a member of the Russian delegation headed by Nikita Ponomarenko, Deputy Director of the Strategic Development and Innovation Department of the RF Ministry of Economic Development. The delegation was accompanied by Anna Kuznetsova, Junior Fellow at the Russian APEC Studies Centre.
The initiative on international cooperation of clusters (see presentation) is aimed at facilitating the search of new partners in the APEC countries. An interactive platform will be set up to provide information about available opportunities for cluster cooperation, and share experience and best cluster management and support practices to promote their cooperation — the APEC Cluster Collaboration Platform, or “a PEC” (a Platform for the Economies’ Clusters). Action plan to strengthen cooperation between APEC countries’ clusters will be drafted with the participation of the Russian Cluster Observatory. Nicholas Brooke of the Business Advisory Council on the APEC Policy Partnership on Science, Technology and Innovation has noted this initiative as particularly interesting to businesses.
| Anna Kuznetsova, Ekaterina Islankina, Nikita Ponomarenko,|
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Implementing the other initiative — “Coordinating APEC countries’ economic policies to facilitate emergence of new technology markets” (see presentation) — would help to streamline trade in the Asia-Pacific region, optimise transfer of convergent technologies and intellectual property protection, make existing national regulation tools more compatible, and generally facilitate promotion of technologies in new markets. The APEC “Programme on strengthening cooperation in commercialisation and dissemination of radically new technologies”, together with new tools for supporting prospective technology markets would help accomplish these objectives, in particular the APEC Technology Communication Network and Cloud Platform (APEC TCNCP).
Also, after the forthcoming vote by the APEC countries specific projects for funding will be selected. In case the project on facilitating accelerated development of fast-growing companies prepared with the participation of the HSE Institute of Innovation Management is supported, a workshop with participation. of APEC countries will be held in Moscow in 2018 (see presentation), to discuss initiatives to support leading high-tech companies implemented by the APEC economies. Experts from the HSE Institute of Innovation Management will draft a set of recommendations on facilitating development of fast-growing innovative companies, and on strengthening cooperation to implement relevant support programmes.