Press Release

APEC PPSTI Workshop discusses best practices for PNG

14/08/2018

The Third APEC Senior Officials Meeting (SOM3) and related meetings paves way for the APEC economies to share ideas and experiences in the respective fields of work and industry.

The Third APEC Senior Officials Meeting (SOM3) and related meetings paves way for the APEC economies to share ideas and experiences in the respective fields of work and industry.

As such, thePolicy Partnership for Science Technology and Innovation (PPSTI) workshop has provided the stage for academia to discuss matters of interest in Science and Technology whilepromoting the use of innovative ideas and technology within the APEC region.

Presentations by academics from four Asian, Science and Technology Institutions provided several comments on best practices,which Papua New Guinea academics could utilise.

The best practices to helpPNG include:

• Online Education on more focused areas of science and technology, and partnering through international exchange programs • Global participation, more participation at international forums • Using the digital platform (digitalization),utiliseinnovative technology found online through research • Talent development

CEO for the Academy of Sciences Malaysia, Dr Hazami Habib raised the point of talent development in Papua New Guinea.

She said most of the time prioritising of development activities leaned towards infrastructure, trade, bilateral relations and especially those that painted a bigger picture of development and yet forget about the most simplest, the person.

“Don’t see people as capital but as talent and willing to have a lifelong learning,” she said.

Dr Habib said co- learning, addresses under learning and improves co-creating; there is no age limit to education.

She implied that people are talented but there is limited exposure to innovative technology, which could improve their talents.

“From observing the local presentations, there is room for improvement by utilising science and technology institutions to research on talent development,” said Habib.

She added that the recommended practices could only work when talent development is addressed at the domestic level.