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The first India-ASEAN InnoTech Summit was held in New Delhi. It was organized by Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FICCI) in association with Department of Science & Technology (DST) and Ministry of External Affairs.
Objectives of this summit were
- Explore avenues of cross country partnerships with Indian R&D-based enterprises.
- Capture global trends in technology management and strategy
- Advance progressive ideas for policy reforms and regulatory environment
- Create avenues for industry-academia-government partnerships
- Build capacities for market assessment and rapid commercialization of research
- Promote best practices in financing, strategy, and leadership
- Connect local and global research & development community for collaborative engagement
Participating ASEAN member countries in this summit were Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam. On sidelines of this summit, an exhibition to showcase best Indian Innovative Technologies, with potential implementation in ASEAN region was also organized. Besides this summit also provided platform for B2G meetings i.e. one to one meeting with ASEAN delegation of ministers, advisors, and other dignitaries.
Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN)
ASEAN is regional intergovernmental organisation comprising 10 Southeast Asian countries, which promotes intergovernmental cooperation and facilitates economic, political, security, military, educational, and sociocultural integration. 10-member ASEAN comprise of Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Singapore, Philippines, Vietnam, Myanmar, Cambodia, Brunei and Laos. India is a full dialogue partner of the ASEAN.
The first Global Cooling Innovation Summit was held in New Delhi. It was inaugurated by Union Environment Minister Harsh Vardhan. It was jointly organised by Department of Science and Technology along with Alliance for An Energy-Efficient Economy (AEEE), Rocky Mountain Institute, Conservation X Labs and CEPT University.
Global Cooling Innovation Summit
The two-day summit was first-of-its-kind solutions-focused event organised to explore concrete means and pathways to address climate threat that comes from the growing demand from room air conditioners. It witnessed participation from distinguished speakers from around world, including innovators, philanthropists, venture capitalists, and other industry leaders. The launch Global Cooling Prize was also announced on the sidelines of this summit. It will be international competition to incentivise development of residential cooling technology that will have five times less climate impact in comparison to standard Room Air Conditioning (RAC) units sold currently.