USAID STRIDE’s 3-year extension announced in government-led innovation conference
Philippine government officials, academe and industry leaders, and international development organization partners convened in this year’s Inclusive Innovation Conference. Led by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) together with the Department of Science and Technology (DOST), the two-day event held on October 2-3 focused on how the Philippines’ on-going innovation efforts will aid the country in achieving an innovation- and entrepreneurship-led economy.
USAID Mission Director to the Philippines Lawrence Hardy II reiterated USAID’s support to such efforts of the Philippine government as he announced the three-year extension of the STRIDE program. Giving a message during the event, the Mission Director mentioned that the “conference is a milestone that signals the commitments made by key Philippine Government partners in taking the next steps to make the vision for Filipinnovation a reality.” He added that STRIDE was extended to build on the momentum of fostering a more inclusive innovation landscape in the Philippines.
Highlighting the conference was the Inclusive Filipinnovation and Entrepreneurship Roadmap launch. This roadmap has the goal of putting innovation and entrepreneurship as the main levers for poverty reduction and job creation including sustainable growth. USAID through STRIDE has been providing technical assistance in the formulation and implementation of the roadmap. These include support to global value chain studies of selected manufacturing and agribusiness industries, and the series of regional consultation and validation workshops attended by innovation stakeholders across the country.
Part of STRIDE’s key activities in the next 3 years is to assist DTI and DOST on growing regional Regional Inclusive Innovation Centers (RIICs), a major recommendation of the roadmap. These centers will serve as the connection of stakeholders in the regions toward pursuing a more inclusive innovation and entrepreneurship ecosystem. During the event, DTI Secretary Ramon Lopez recognized relevant partners which included USAID for the support given to the country’s innovation efforts.