The main objectives were:
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:
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