Chief Science Advisors and Equivalents

The sciences and research systems are increasingly recognized as important factors to economic development because of their close connection with innovation, and because of the broad role science plays in helping economies meet social, environmental, health, and international goals.

At the 2012 APEC Leaders’ meeting, leaders welcomed the establishment of the Chief Science Advisors and Equivalents (CSAE) as a point of dialogue within the APEC community on the role of science in policy formation. At a practical level, CSAEs have a major role to play in addressing common issues of a scientific nature that span across economies particularly in assisting governments to prepare for and respond to emergencies. It is acknowledged that different economies have  different structures on science for policy development, science for international relations and policy for science.

The CSAE meets annually and its primary role is to assist APEC economies by promoting the use of scientific evidence in governmental policy formation and formulation. It notes that this is complementary to but largely distinct from the APEC Policy Partnership on Science, Technology, and Innovation. The last CSAE meeting took place in Lima from 18-19 August 2016 – Documents from the meeting can be found here.

Last page update: September 2016


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