11.08.2012 [News]

STI Policy Mix Peer Review in Kazakhstan 2012

Like many EECA countries Kazakhstan is going through a period of reforming its research system. New strategies and new laws in the area of scientific and technological development were developed and implemented. During the Policy Stakeholders Conference in Astana, 26-27 May 2011, the Government of Kazakhstan has expressed its interest in conducting an analysis of scientific, technological and innovative development of Kazakhstan by European experts and sent the request to the European Commission.

This policy mix peer review took place in Kazakhstan under the WP9 “Pilot Evaluation Exercises”, Task 9.1 “S&TI Policy Mix Peer Reviews” within IncoNet -EECA FP7 project. It was a system examination and assessment of the national S&TI system by international experts aimed at improving the design and the implementation of national S&TI policy. It was not an evaluation in itself, but more of a mutual learning process based on a critical friends approach.

The main objectives were:

  • Supporting an inter-regional political dialogue between policy makers, academia and industry of EU and EECA countries. The scientific and technical capacity, political objectives and requirements for determining joint priorities and develop scenarios and strategies for implementing science into practice reveal as a result of such a dialogue.
  • Organising a series of measures to strengthen the participation of scientists from EECA countries in FP7.
  • Analysing technological and scientific innovation, determination of its efficiency and impact on the competitiveness of the partner countries. Results of the analysis were provided to governments and contribute to the continued support of the political dialogue.

In order to conduct the S&TI policy mix peer review, an international team of peer reviewers came to Kazakhstan on 12-16 March 2012:

  1. Team Leader: Mr. Manfred Horvat, Senior Policy Analyst, Hon.-Prof. Vienna University of Technology, Austria
  2. Mr. Jean-Luc Clement, Adviser on Research Affairs, Ministry of Higher Education and Research, France
  3. Ms. Magrit Harjung, Deputy Head of Unit for Research and Technology Funding, Federal Ministry of Transport, Innovation and Technology, Austria
  4. Mr. Zygmunt Krasinsky, Deputy Director of National Contact Point for Research Programmes of the EU, Polish Academy of Sciences, Poland
  5. Mr. Vardan Sahakyan, Head of Science Policy Department, State Committee of Science, Armenia
  6. Mr. Michael Schlicht, Head of Department for Cooperation with Russia and CIS, Federal Ministry of Education and Research, Germany
  7. Ms. Kirsten Kienzler, International Bureau of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research at the Project Management Agency c/o German Aerospace Center (DLR), Germany

Main regional consultant in this task was Ms Kamila Magzieva - National Coordinator of FP7 in Kazakhstan, director of InExCB-KZ, Kazakhstani partner of IncoNet-EECA.

According to the agreement with the Kazakh Government National Innovation Fund (now National Agency on Technological Development) was appointed as a hosting organization for the international team of peer reviewers.

While preparing this review the authors paid particular attention to national issues in the context of human resources in science and technology area, social sciences, business R & D and innovation, as well as to economic and market development.

Kazakhstan's participation in similar events helps to promote scientific and technological sphere, its promotion at the international level, free access to European sources of knowledge and material support of science, the establishment of joint research institutions.

Taking into account these aspects and the importance of ongoing initiatives the full cooperation from the Government of Kazakhstan was provided for the preparation of peer review and involvement of stakeholders actively participate in this event.

Team Leader Mr Horvat and Regional Coordinator Ms Kamila Magzieva participated in the 5th Astana Economic Forum during the final visit of the Team Leader to the country at the invitation of the Government of Kazakhstan.

InExCB-KZ has developed informational materials for the upcoming review, and submitted them to all interested scientific organizations. InExCB-KZ thoroughly prepared an 80-pages Country report for the international experts with all the latest changes in the S&TI area of Kazakhstan as well as the latest statistics according to the official information sources.

S&TI Policy Mix Peer Review took place in Astana and Almaty on 12-16 March 2012.

During their visit to Kazakhstan the experts met with the representatives of the Government to discuss scientific and technology policy of the country and visited a number of local public bodies and  research institutions like Administration of the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan, Ministry of Industry and New Technologies, Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Environment, Ministry of Education and Science, The EU Embassy, National Innovation Fund, State Statistics Agency, JSC KazTransOil, KazMunaiGaz,  Sovereign Wealth Fund “Samruk-Kazyna”, Academy of Sciences, Regional Technology Park “ALATAU IT CITY”, National Centre for Scientific and Technical Information, National Centre for complex processing of mineral raw materials Institute of Nuclear Physics, National Center for Technological Foresight, Center of the Earth Sciences, Metallurgy and Enrichment, Nazarbayev University, Economic Research Institute, Kazgidromet, Kazakh National Technical University named after Satpayev, Almaty Technological University, Al-Farabi Kazakh National University

There have also been organized roundtables with thematic NCPs and participants of FP7 projects in Astana and Almaty.

The report on the S&TI Policy Mix Peer Review in Kazakhstan prepared by the international experts and Country Report prepared by InExCB-KZ was provided to the Government of Kazakhstan to be used for policy improvement of scientific-technological and innovative development of the country.

Source: Dr Kamila Magzieva, National Coordinator FP7-NCP-Kz, Director InExCB-Kz