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[The 141st KISTEP Wednesday Forum] Strengthening Regional R&D Capabilities through Hyper-regional Cooperation
KISTEP held the 141st KISTEP Wednesday Forum “Strengthening Regional R&D Capabilities through Hyper-regional Cooperation” on December 15th (Wed) to identify solutions for polarization in the metropolitan area. This Wednesday forum was broadcast live online and can be viewed again through the KISTEP Youtube channel.
▲ Sang-seon Kim, President of KISTEP
Sang-seon Kim, President of KISTEP, said in his opening remarks, "This year's total fertility rate was 0.82, and as the trend of low birthrate and aging population continues, one of the major problems facing the country is concentration in the metropolitan area and hollowing out of non-metropolitan areas. As a solution for regional strengthening, hyper-regional cooperation to focus regional R&D infrastructures and capabilities into a central hub city is being discussed. I hope this forum will serve as a platform to discuss how to promote hyper-regional cooperation focusing on human resources and science and technology.”
▲ Young-soo Kim, Senior Research Fellow of
the Korea Institute for Industrial Economics and Trade
Young-soo Kim, Senior Research Fellow at the Korea Institute for Industrial Economics and Trade, discussed the transformation of the economy and industry as the background of hyper-regional cooperation and explained the relationship between the hyper-regional cooperation area and regional innovation.
Lastly, he highlighted the major issues to be addressed for regional innovation related to hyper-regional cooperation : ①promoting innovation focusing on fostering human resources, ②strengthening innovation capacity in the hyper-regional cooperation zone, ③securing financial resources for strengthening regional initiatives, ④strengthening the centrality of the mega city and transforming the city into an innovative space.
The following panel discussion was led by Young-soo Ryu, KISTEP General Director of Office of National R&D Coordination, and participated by Professor Myung-Jun Oh of Chonbuk National University, Tae-Hwan Kim, Director of the Korea Research Institute for Human Settlements, Ho Kim, Director of Busan Innovation Institute of Industry, Science & Technology Planning(BISTEP) and Kyu-Ok Yeom, Executive Director of DoOne Accounting Corporation.
▲ Myung-Jun Oh, Professor of Chonbuk National University
Professor Myung-Jun Oh introduced various policies related to regional industry promotion and emphasized the importance of suggested performance evaluation and new comprehensive strategy for regional innovation programs. He also suggested that investment should be focused on technology commercialization rather than R&D for basic science.
▲ Tae-Hwan Kim,
Director of the Korea Research Institute for Human Settlements
Director Tae-hwan Kim argued that hyper-regional development should be accepted as an important means of regional development and it is important to present a more practical implementation plans for a cooperative governance system. He pointed out the drawbacks of regional investment for innovation and suggested that it is important to take a regional initiative in fostering hyper-regional strategies based on regional characteristics.
▲ Ho Kim, Director of Busan Innovation Institute
of Industry, Science & Technology Planning(BISTEP)
Director Ho Kim explained the cases of regional innovation promoted in Busan, Ulsan, and Gyeongsangnam-do, and discussed the challenges in inter-regional cooperation and future tasks.
▲ Kyu-Ok Yeom, Executive Director of DoOne Accounting Corporation
Executive Director Yeom Gyu-ok pointed out that the regulatory burden of local SMEs under the Innovation Act leads to restrictions on R&D activities, and suggested the idea of jointly utilizing research support organizations such as local universities.