Unctad has signed a memorandum of understanding with the National Science Technology and Innovation Policy Office to support Thailand in science, technology and innovation policy-making.
The agreement covers an Unctad (United Nations Conference on Trade and Development) science, technology and innovation policy (STIP) review of Thailand and opens the door for further collaboration to support the Kingdom’s STI policy capacities, according to a press release early this week.
The review, which will be completed by the end of the year, includes an assessment of the overall effectiveness of the national system of innovation, as well as specific studies regarding human-resources development, agriculture – with a special consideration to issues of renewable energies – and innovation in logistics services.
A team of Unctad staff and international consultants will carry out the review with the close involvement of a broad range of STI stakeholders from the government, the academic community and the private sector.
In addition to the work on the STIP review, the memorandum includes the possibility for Unctad and the National Science Technology and Innovation Policy Office to cooperate on the implementation of capacity-building activities targeting policy-makers in several aspects of STI policies relevant for sustainable development strategies.
Unctad’s STIP reviews provide support to countries in assessing their STI policies and capabilities and identifying key weaknesses, so that remedial measures can be taken and policies adjusted.
The National Science Technology and Innovation Policy Office is an autonomous public agency that operates in compliance with policy guidance from the National Science Technology and Innovation Policy Committee, which is chaired by the prime minister.
The office was established to provide support to the government in STI policy formulation, coordination and promotion.
The STIP review of Thailand is one of three such reviews of Asian countries that the UN agency is conducting between 2013 and 2015 with funding from the United Nations Development Account.