Fourth Meeting of the “Advisory Panel on Science and Technology Diplomacy”
January 28, 2015
1. Today, on January 28 the fourth meeting of the “Advisory Panel on Science and Technology Diplomacy” was held with the attendance of Mr. Takashi Uto, Parliamentary Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs.
2. The meeting of the Advisory Panel began with Vice-Minister Uto stating that taking into account previous deliberations, he expects the Panel to discuss measures and organizational structure for further strengthening science and technology diplomacy.
3. Then, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs explained preliminary ideas of specific measures for strengthening science and technology diplomacy in response to the previous discussion at the Panel. This was followed by an exchange of views by the Panel members and participants.
4. The views explained by the Panel members are: (1) the significance of science and technology diplomacy within the overall diplomatic policy; (2) the strategic challenges of science and technology diplomacy in light of science and technology trends in recent years; (3) effective network-building in and out of the nation as well as the importance of human resources development; and (4) concrete measures to implement science and technology diplomacy.
5. The Panel is scheduled to hold its fifth (and final) meeting in approximately two months, and is planned to submit a recommendation to the Minister for Foreign Affairs on measures necessary for fulfilling and enhancing future science and technology diplomacy.
(Notes) The Advisory Panel on Science and Technology Diplomacy: Founding Objective and Attendees
(1) Founding Objective: The Advisory Panel was established under Mr. Fumio Kishida, Minister for Foreign Affairs, as a forum for experts to examine new challenges of science and technology diplomacy as well as MOFA’s and whole-of-government approaches to addressing such challenges, and to compile a set of recommendations for the promotion of science and technology diplomacy.