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Date [ 2014-04-29, 06:39 ]

Singapore played host to this important ASEAN meeting.

Delagates doing the tradination ASEAN handshake at the opening seremony..

(Singapore=Koreanpress) Benjamin Kim =Singapore hosted the 67th Meeting of the ASEAN Committee on Science and Technology (COST-67) from April 21 to 25, 2014.

 Attended by nearly 200 prominent policy makers, scientists and academics, the meeting, organised by Singapore’s Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR) and the Ministry of Trade and Industry (MTI) saw senior officials from the 10 member states discussing strategies to strengthen and enhance the capacity of ASEAN in Science & Technology (S&T).

 Minister (Prime Minister’s Office), Second Minister for Home Affairs and Trade& Industry, S. Iswaran, was the Guest-of-Honour at the ASEAN COST Opening Ceremony held on April 23, 2014.

He concluded his speech by reiterating,”The efforts we undertake together as a community will underpin the prospects for ASEAN’s future.  Science and technology is an important pillar of economic growth, and ASEAN COST will continue to serve as an important platform to build networks and rapport within the ASEAN S&T community: where ideas are shared, existing relationships are deepened, and new relationships are forged. 

It is therefore apt that the ASEAN Plan of Action for Science, Technology and Innovation (APASTI) 2015-2020, which will serve as the blueprint and implementation framework for the next phase of ASEAN’s Science & Technology efforts, will be reviewed at this COST meeting. It will set the path for future development of S&T efforts within ASEAN, which will undergird ASEAN’s continued economic progress. And, Singapore remains committed to embarking on joint projects of mutual interest with all ASEAN member state and dialogue partners in this important endeavour.

Dr. Raj Thampuran, Singapore COST Chairman and Managing Director of A*STAR gave.the welcoming speech by saying, “On behalf of Singapore, I would like to extend a warm welcome to all delegates of the 67th COST Meeting.

The meeting is an important platform for member states to come together to promote partnerships in science, technology and innovation. A deep commitment to science and technology raises the competitiveness of companies in the region and creates quality jobs.”

The 67th Meeting of the ASEAN COST will focus on reviewing the ASEAN Plan of Action for Science, Technology and Innovation 2015-2020, which will serve as the blueprint and implementation framework for the next phase of ASEAN’s S&T efforts.

The eight Subcommittees under the purview of ASEAN COST, which met on April 21 and 22presented their progress reports and updated separately on areas such as biotechnology, sustainable energy research, microelectronics and information technology, and marine science and technology.
 
The meeting also discussed key areas, including talent mobility initiatives to encourage young talent to take up STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) careers and the harmonisation of technical standards across ASEAN.
 
Since it was established in 1978, ASEAN COST has provided platforms for member states to identify common challenges and forge collaborations in research and development (R&D). In recognition of its significant economic role, the ASEAN COST will be placed under the aegis of the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) Council from next year onwards.

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