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Newsletter - July 2019. Issue 6.

News 

Inaugural Asia‐Pacific Innovation Forum calls for inclusive and collaborative approaches to technology that leave no one behind 
Tehran; 10-12 June 2019

The Forum affirmed that the promotion of technology and innovation should be inclusive, engage women and grassroots innovators, and ensure that least developed countries also benefit from technology and innovation. The forum highlighted the critical role of cooperation at all levels to leave no one behind and stressed that further support is needed from developed countries, especially regarding technology development and transfer, capacity building and financing. In particular, the Forum emphasized the important role of technology start‐ups for sustainable development and encouraged leaders to support their development. More...

10 digital solutions for women entrepreneurs win support from United Nations’ FinTech Innovation Fund
Bangkok; 27 June 2019
A crowdfunding platform for women farmers, online marketplaces for women-produced goods and services, and e-wallet enabled lending were among ten of the winning business models which will be co-funded by the United Nations to improve access to finance for women-owned, managed or led micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) in the region. More...
ESCAP and APRU signed a MoU on regional cooperation 
Bangkok; 27 May 2019
On 27 May 2019, during ESCAP's 75th Commission, ESCAP and the Association of Pacific Rim Universities (APRU) signed a Memoranda of Understanding (MoU) to increase regional cooperation. Cooperation will focus on 6 areas, including: the digital economy and emerging technologies; multi-hazards and disaster risk reduction; the Pacific Ocean; sustainable cities and urban development; population aging; and statistical geospatial data management.
ARTNET will be the focal point on collaboration on the digital economy and emerging technologies, and is currently working with APRU and Google on AI for Good research and network. More...

Upcoming events

ESCAP-WIPO innovation driven development:
Building national institutional capacities in the least developed countries in Asia and the Pacific

Bangkok; 16-18 July 2019

The workshop is addressed to government officials from least developed countries (LDCs) in Asia-Pacific. It will build technical and institutional expertise in key areas related to intellectual property and technology transfer. Participants from selected countries in South Asia and Southeast Asia will be invited to the meeting. More...

Recent events

Social Business Day  
Bangkok; 28-29 June 2019
Businesses need to be innovative. Innovation is also about innovative business models and changes in mindsets. The most impactful innovation for the SDGs could be the shift from business as usual to social business. In the Social Business Day, ESCAP Executive Secretary Armida Alisjahbana met with Nobel Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus, reaffirming ESCAP’s commitment to supporting Yunus Centre's work to move social business from the margins to the mainstream. More...
Strategic policy dialogue 2019: Building impactful economies
Singapore; 25 June 2019
During the week of the AVPN Conference, ESCAP and the British Council hosted a dialogue on social enterprise policy with country presentations from Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. The dialogue was an opportunity for policymakers and other stakeholders to assess progress in promoting social enterprises and discuss possible actions for moving forward. More...
AI for social good project kick-off meeting 
Tokyo; 5 June 2019
ESCAP’s project with Google and the Association of Pacific Rim Universities (APRU) aims to build a network of researchers exploring AI for social good that can conduct research relevant for policy makers. As part of this partnership, 8 research projects are being sponsored. The meeting discussed the concept notes of each research project and discussed critical research elements to ensure the research projects provide valuable insights for policy makers. More...

Inclusive Business 

IB Updates
The Government of Viet Nam and the Government of Malaysia announced the development of national studies to guide policy development aimed at fostering an enabling environment for inclusive business (IB). The studies include the mapping and assessing of companies with IB models, the analysis of the current environment for inclusive businesses, and the development of strategic policy recommendations. The studies are being developed under the Inclusive Business programme implemented by ESCAP in partnership with the Inclusive Business Action Network (iBAN).

The Government of Cambodia, through the Ministry of Industry and Handcraft, endorsed on 29 May 2019 the draft of the National Framework for Inclusive Business, which includes eight strategic recommendations around awareness raising, coordination of actions, accreditation of IB companies, public procurement, fiscal and financial incentives, access to finance, technical assistance, and monitoring and evaluation. The Cambodian Minister of Industries and Handicrafts, Dr. Cham Prasidh, expressed his support for the ongoing national study on inclusive business and called for widespread buy-in among public and private actors. The National Framework for Inclusive Business is expected to be reflected in the new SMEs Development Policy (2019-2023) of Cambodia.
Upcoming event: National forum on inclusive business
Phnom Penh; 7 August 2019
The forum, hosted by the Ministry of Industry and Handcrafts of Cambodia in partnership with ESCAP, will discuss the creation of an enabling environment for Inclusive Business in Cambodia. It will feature panel discussions on policy development and investment opportunities in inclusive business, as well as examples of successful inclusive businesses in the country. The event is expected to bring together key stakeholders from the public and private sector and development partners. More...
Recent event: Inclusive business panel discussion
Asia-Pacific Business Forum

Port Moresby; 20 June 2019
Inclusive businesses go beyond being a responsible business, as they purposefully target the base of the economic pyramid. Inclusive businesses are different from corporate social responsibility, as inclusive business models are integral part of a firm’s core activity. Fundamentally, inclusive business is about connecting those at the base of the pyramid with markets.

Two call for actions emerged from the panel discussion: first, to explore the opportunities for promoting inclusive business in the Pacific, including at the policy and technical level; secondly, for private sector actors to self-reflect to what extent their business is inclusive and what opportunities they may have to develop inclusive business models. More...

Publications 

Establishing science and technology parks:
A reference guidebook for policymakers in Asia and the Pacific 

ESCAP
June 2019

Asia-Pacific developing countries support science and technology parks as a means of upgrading production, promoting collaboration in research and innovation and climbing global value chains. In an increasingly competitive environment, understanding how to establish and manage parks successfully is critical.  

This guidebook, launched at the Inaugural Asia‐Pacific Innovation Forum, traces the evolution of science and technology parks in Asia-Pacific and serves as a tool for policymakers seeking to strengthen innovation in their countries. More...

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