On June 9th 2016, the National Science and Technology Development Agency (NSTDA) under the Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST) together with the STS Forum Japan and the Japan External Trade Organization (Jetro) hosted the ASEAN-Japan Workshop in THAILAND on Innovation, Science and Technology for Sustainable Development at Dusit Thani Hotel, Bangkok. The objectives of the STS Workshop are (1) to provide a new mechanism for open discussions on an informal basis, and (2) to build a human network that would, in time, resolve the new types of problems stemming from the application of science and technology.
Following the first successful workshop in Singapore in 2014, and in Malaysia in 2015, this ASEAN-Japan Workshop in Bangkok, was the third workshop and also the first workshop of this kind after the establishment of the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC).
The 158 top leaders from various institutions of Japan and ASEAN Member States participated to discuss, develop and communicate on the topic of Innovation, Science and Technology for Sustainable Development that would lead to long-term benefits of mankind. Participants shared their thoughts and views regarding important issues surrounding two topics which are (1) Innovation and Linkages: Collaboration between SMEs & Global Companies in the era of ASEAN Economic Community (AEC), and (2) Human Capital Development to raise Collaboration & Competitiveness through Innovation between ASEAN and Japan. The results from each discussion sessions could help identify some directions towards the establishment of shared values and commitment for the future.