On June 11-12th, UNESCAP organized a conference named The 1st Asia Pacific Innovation Forum: Technology Start-ups for Sustainable Development in Tehran, Iran. Government representatives, innovators, start-up companies from 63 UNESCAP countries, academics, Iranian students and Foreign Representatives in Tehran attended the conference. Indonesia was represented by the Head of the Center for Research in Science and Technology (Kapuspiptek) Dr. Sri Setiawati and Managing Director of ANGIN, David Soukhasing.
The event was opened by the speech from Prof. Armida Salsiah Alisjahbana, the Executive Director of the United Nations Economic and UNESCAP’s Social Commission for Asia, and Dr. Sorena Sattari, Iranian Vice President for Knowledge and Technology. The focus of the conference is the importance of science, technology and innovation as a vehicle for implementing the SDGs. The conference was also aimed for the launch of the Asia-Pacific Start-up Network and the UNESCAP report entitled “Establishing Science and Technology Parks: A Reference Guidebook for Policymakers in Asia and the Pacific”.
In this conference, David Soukhasing speak about government intervention to push investment in innovation, meanwhile Indonesia’s Kapuspiptek conveyed the profile of Puspiptek which had been developed as one of the national science and technology park, aimed to become an area of technology-based business development and innovation, to give support in research and facilitating the development of new innovations.