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Innovation Policy in the Post-COVID World Webinar Series: Building Domestic Technological and Production Capabilities - Protectionism, Technology Sovereignty or Both?

"Discussing the concept of “Technology Sovereignty” and different country experiences and approaches."

The COVID-19 pandemic has triggered a renewed interest in domestically sensitive sectors and the need to access and produce specific products and technologies. While this is not something new, geopolitical uncertainty, global trade tensions, digitally-driven technology changes, signs of reshoring and reconfiguration of GVCs, and more importantly, the uncertainty caused by this and potential future pandemics, have added pressure on governments to revise policies to support and create domestic technology and production capabilities. This drive has translated into the proliferation of government instruments, such as procurement programs for innovation or standards-setting, that aim at achieving the so-called “technology sovereignty”.

These instruments and approaches are not, however, risk-free. Can these instruments result in distortions that undermine competition and trade? More importantly, can they act against the open nature of innovation and science, which requires intra and cross-border cooperation between different actors to succeed? What are the implications in terms of designing mission-oriented innovation policy?

The objective of this webinar is to shed light on the concept of “Technology Sovereignty” and different country experiences and approaches; and on the implementation mechanisms of one key policy instrument for increasing this “technology sovereignty”: public procurement.

About the Presenters

Jakob Edler

Executive Director, Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research ISI/ Professor, Innovation Policy and Strategy, Manchester Institute of Innovation Research (MIoIR)

Jakob Edler is the Executive Director of the Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research ISI and the Professor of Innovation Policy and Strategy at the Manchester Institute of Innovation Research (MIoIR).  His work in recent years has been on the demand-side of innovation policy and the public procurement of innovation. More recently, he began working on the role of intangibles for innovation and competitiveness and policy interventions to support their development and use. Professor Edler has advised numerous public bodies at all political levels and his research has been funded by the UK Research Council, the EU, and other international organizations. His recent publications include Technology sovereignty as an emerging frame for innovation policy: Defining rationales, ends, and means and The roles of the state in the governance of socio-technical systems’ transformation

Jeong-dong Lee

Former Special Advisor to the President of Korea on Economy and Science/ Professor, Interdisciplinary Graduate Program on Technology Management, Economics and Policy (TEMEP) at the Department of Industrial Engineering, Seoul National University

Jeong-dong Lee is a former Special Advisor to the President of Korea on Economy and Science and is currently a professor in the Interdisciplinary Graduate Program on Technology Management, Economics and Policy (TEMEP) at the Department of Industrial Engineering at Seoul National University, Korea. His research areas include industry and firm dynamics, evolutionary economics, and innovation policy. His recent publications include A Tale of Two Technological Capabilities: Economic Growth Revisited from a Technological Capability Transition Perspective and Demand-side policy for emergence and diffusion of eco-innovation: The mediating role of production

Martin Raiser

Country Director for China and Mongolia, and Director for Korea, World Bank Group

Martin Raiser is the World Bank’s Country Director for China and Mongolia and Director for Korea since March 2019. Mr. Raiser is leading a team that is managing an evolving partnership with China, a growing program of support to Mongolia, and a deepening knowledge partnership with Korea focused on innovation and technology. Mr. Raiser holds a doctorate degree in Economics (summa cum laude) from the University of Kiel, Germany, and degrees in Economics and Economic History from the London School of Economics and Political Sciences. Since joining the World Bank in 2003, Mr. Raiser held positions as the Country Manager in Uzbekistan, Country Director for Ukraine, Belarus, and Moldova, Country Director for Turkey, and most recently Country Director for Brazil. 

Questions Submitted

Mahaman Mourtala

- Apr 11, 2022
Great!

Bhishma

- Mar 23, 2022
Informative

AMJAD

- Mar 22, 2022
great

DR. YOGENDRA NATH

- Mar 8, 2022
Great.

Mohammad Nadir

- Mar 6, 2022
Excellent talk!

jose luis

- Mar 6, 2022
muy bueno
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