KUALA LUMPUR, June 14 (Bernama) — The 7th STS Forum ASEAN Japan Workshop, which aims to strengthen and promote Asean-Japan cooperation in innovation, science, and technology, commenced in Malaysia for the second time on June 13, 2023.
In a statement today, the Malaysian Industry-Government Group for High Technology (MIGHT) said the forum was organised together with the STS Forum, Japan External Trade Organisation (JETRO), the Japanese Chamber of Trade & Industry, Malaysia (JACTIM), and the Embassy of Japan in Malaysia.
This year’s forum highlighted two significant topics: “Building a future sustainable and resilient society: the role of evolving science, technology, and innovation and how can Asean and Japan collaborate to achieve a truly prosperous society?”.
The second highlighted topic is on science and technology and the collaboration between Asean and Japan called “Potential for start-up collaboration and building an innovation ecosystem”.
Minister for Science, Technology and Innovation Chang Li Kang emphasised the importance of strong development plans and the ability of nations to anticipate and respond to economic changes to improve the future.
“We must collaborate in establishing an effective regional innovation ecosystem that considers the unique strengths and developmental stages of each country involved. We can develop an effective and adaptable model by sharing knowledge and resources.
“Our joint efforts will ultimately lead to a brighter future,” he said.
Meanwhile, MIGHT joint chairman (Industry) Tan Sri Datuk Dr Ahmad Tajuddin Ali said the agency accentuated the importance of science diplomacy to forge partnerships between nations and organisations to address cross-border interests.
“In MIGHT, we practice the 3 Cs — conversation, collaboration and co-creation — in all our national and international partnerships. This method has enabled us to collaborate and share ideas to generate innovative solutions that drive growth.
“Collaboration and co-creation are essential for our nations to stay ahead in this dynamic and competitive field,” he said.