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Kitchener, Jul 17 (Canadian-Media): A made-in-Ontario Intellectual Property Action Plan (IPAP) along with COVID-19 Research Projects -- to ensure the social and economic benefits of taxpayer-funded research and innovation stays right here in the province -- was unveiled July 17 by Ontario Premier Doug Ford in a news conference at Medical Innovation Xchange (MIX) in Kitchener, Ontario.
Doug Ford. Image credit: Twitter handle
In addition, the second round of research projects approved and supported through the $20 million Ontario COVID-19 Rapid Research Fund was also unveiled to enable researchers to find ways to prevent, detect and treat COVID-19.
Details were announced at MIX by Ford, Ross Romano, Minister of Colleges and Universities, and Vic Fedeli, Minister of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade.
Strengthening of Ontario's intellectual property (IP) position through the IPAP will enable the province's long-term economic competitiveness by prioritizing IP generation, protection, and commercialization.
A Special Implementation Team on Intellectual Property (SITIP) is also being created by the government comprising of the IP experts -- who previously served on Ontario's Expert Panel on Intellectual Property -- to provide advice on the implementation of the IPAP including the commercialization of research and IP in the province's postsecondary institutions and innovation centres to ensure that Ontario is open for jobs and open for business.
Together, Ontario's SITIP and IPAP will respond to the report prepared by the Expert Panel on Intellectual Property and will work with postsecondary and research institutes to strengthen their organization's mandates related to commercialization entities; developing standardized, web-based basic and advanced IP education curriculums to strengthen Ontario's IP literacy by creation of a centralized provincial resource entity to allow increased access to sophisticated IP expertise; and develop a governance framework for organizations that support entrepreneurial and innovation activities, which incorporates IP considerations.
"Ontario is home to some of the brightest and most innovative people and businesses in the world, and it's critical that we leverage that advantage globally, while ensuring we keep the value of homegrown ideas in the province for the benefit of Ontarians," said Minister Fedeli at MIX.
The postsecondary, research and innovation sector will also take a leading role in Ontario's economic recovery and future prosperity and would be funded by the government's $20 million Ontario COVID-19 Rapid Research Fund.
Projects announced in May, 15 as part of the first round are focusing on areas such as vaccine development, diagnostics, drug trials and development, and social sciences and is receiving additional funding to help commercialize the Rapid Research Fund projects here in Ontario, ensuring that taxpayer-funded research benefits Ontarians first.
As part of its summer consultations, the government will seek feedback from colleges, universities, research institutes and other key partners to explore how best to support researchers and ensure that discoveries made in Ontario benefit Ontarians and the Ontario economy.
A recent Canadian Intellectual Property Office report said small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) aware of or holding registered IP rights are more likely to have expanded, or intend to expand, to domestic and international markets. The report also finds that just two percent of Canadian SMEs hold at least one patent.
With an existing memorandum of understanding with MIX, non-medical manufacturing companies with are provided by Ontario government free support as they retool to provide essential supplies and equipment to health care facilities during COVID-19.
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British Columbia, Jul 11 (Canadian-Media): CleanBC Advanced Research and Commercialization (ARC) program offers $4.18 million in new funding to B.C. companies that are developing new technologies in the electric vehicle (EV) sector, media reports said.
CleanBC ARC Program. Image credit: https://arcbc.ca
Developed in collaboration with the BC Green Party caucus and Andrew Weaver, MLA for Oak Bay-Gordon Head, CleanBC supports the commitment to meet B.C.’s emission targets in the Confidence and Supply Agreement to implement climate action.
Created in 2018, the ARC program provides funding to B.C. companies across all aspects of the EV supply chain to create employment opportunities and expand B.C.-based businesses in the electric vehicle sector, attract international investment in the electric vehicle sector to B.C., and expand exports of B.C.-based electric vehicle products, services and technologies.
Ten years after the first electric vehicles hit B.C. highways, there are now more than 42,000 on the road.
In 2019, electric vehicles represented 9 percent of new cars bought in British Columbia.
The EV sector includes an estimated 250 companies in B.C. that provide 6,000 full-time equivalent jobs (up by 2,150 from 2015) and contribute $600 million to the provincial gross domestic product (GDP) –almost double the 2015 GDP contribution of $373 million.
The companies in this sector include all aspects of the EV supply chain – from raw materials to final consumer products – related to vehicles and vehicle components, batteries and fuel cells, charging stations and other technologies.
“With British Columbia’s economic restart well underway, now is the time to decide the type of recovery we want to see in our province,” said Premier John Horgan in a news release. “The ARC program is part of CleanBC and the work our government has been doing since day one to power a more sustainable economy.”
John Horgan. Image credit: Twitter handle
Part of the Province’s CleanBC plan, the ARC program supports the growth of the EV sector by providing targeted funding for the research and development, demonstration and commercialization of made-in-B.C. technologies, services and products.
“Through CleanBC, we are building a low-carbon economy and creating new jobs and opportunities across the province,” said Bruce Ralston, Minister of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources in a news release. “By supporting innovative companies, we can develop and produce made-in-B.C. clean technologies, and be a global leader in the growing electric vehicle sector.”
George Heyman, Minister of Environment and Climate Change Strategy said in a news release that the positive results in the EV sector seen through CleanBC along with these investments will support expanded opportunity for companies, researchers and employees.
A panel comprising experts from the Province, local and federal governments and B.C. post-secondary institutions would be responsible for reviewing funding submissions to the ARC program.
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VIENNA, 30 June 2020 – The manufacturing sector is facing its most significant challenge yet in the form of COVID-19 disruptions to both supply and demand side, UNIDO reports said.
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As governments and business are trying to react and mitigate the short-term impact of the pandemic, the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) has taken a look at the potential long-term changes to industry.
An online event, organized by UNIDO, the Kiel Institute for the World Economy (IfW Kiel), and the Kiel Centre for Globalization (KCG), addressed the challenges and opportunities of industrializing for developing countries in these unprecedented times. The webinar brought together over 300 participants from over 80 countries, and it marked the first event in a series on the Future of industrialization in a post-pandemic world, led by UNIDO’s Policy Research and Statistics Department.
UNIDO’s Deputy to the Director General, Hiroshi Kuniyoshi, introduced the series and remarked on the impact of the pandemic, which “has been immediate and ubiquitous, leaving people, businesses and entire economies struggling to deal with the fallout.” He reinforced UNIDO’s commitment to continuing the close collaboration with its Member States and partners, “We must respond with equal speed, moved by a sense of joint purpose.”
Kuniyoshi also set the scene for the series, posing the question that both governments and companies need to answer now: “What will a path to an inclusive and sustainable economic recovery look like?”
The true problem of our time is “the erosion of trust between nations”, remarked the President of the Kiel Institute, Gabriel Felbermayr, which he said is the “indispensable lubricant of global production chains.” Felbermayr noted that “the crisis will profoundly affect the global economy even if production and demand bounce back quickly. The crisis is likely change the structure and patterns of the global division of labour and in particular to affect the global production networks.”
Will the pandemic usher the end of globalization as we know it?
Opening the panel, Beata Javorcik, Chief Economist at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, warned of the "danger that the world will sleepwalk into protectionism.” She also stressed that “we need international commitment to free trade (…) The restructuring of global production networks should be providing opportunities for less popular investment destinations and for export of services in countries with inexpensive skilled labour."
How is the transition towards the Fourth Industrial Revolution impacted by COVID-19?
Three trends in the adoption of 4IR technologies as a consequence of the COVID-19 crisis were outlined by Svenja Falk, Managing Director at Accenture Research: acceleration of platformization and ecosystem governance, the continued diversification of the supply chain, and digital infrastructure at the core of the changes. Falk remarked we are at a tipping point for the adoption of Industry 4.0 technologies, however “we will see that the Fourth Industrial Revolution is changing at the same time,” and it is too early to talk about winners or losers.
What can we learn from past crisis to increase resilience of global production networks?
Drawing on lessons learned from past crisis, Izumi Ohno, Director of JICA Ogata Research Institute, talked about the implications for developing countries’ participation in global production networks in the aftermath of COVID-19. “We must find a way to co-exist with the virus. A “new normal” world urges our behavioural change, beyond efficiency.” Ohno reinforced the urgent need to increase the resilience of global production networks, as this will contribute towards a resilient society.
What do the early lessons from the COVID-19 crisis mean for the future of industrialization?
"Developing countries will need to become more active in managing foreign direct investment to seize opportunities in the aftermath of COVID-19,” said Ha-Joon Chang, Director of the Centre of Development Studies at the University of Cambridge. Chang also talked about developing countries’ needs, citing the necessity to “identify strategic sectors, target firms and take into account sectoral needs in building infrastructure."
Panelists agreed that while the current crisis is fueling uncertainty about the future, it also provides an opportunity to closer align our recovery to the Sustainable Development Goals and Agenda 2030, taking policy action with long-term inclusive and sustainable results at its core. New production models might pave the way forward, but we must ensure inclusiveness, as well as account for societal and environmental factors, not only the economic.
Webinar on glocalization: the effect of COVID-19 and the 4IR on integration within global value chains
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Vienna (Austria), Jul 5 (Canadian-Media): The Global Manufacturing and Industrialisation (GMIS) Digital Series 2020 kicked-off with a high-level panel webinar addressing “glocalization: localizing production and capacity building for survival and success," UNIDO reports said.
The focus was on the effect of COVID-19 and the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) on integration within global value chains, the implications for micro, small and medium enterprises and the labour force, particularly in developing countries. The session featured UNIDO’s Cecilia Ugaz Estrada, Bright Simons, President, mPedigree, and Yi Xiaozhun, Deputy Director General, World Trade Organization.
Yi stated that world merchandise trade may fall by 13 per cent due to the pandemic, and that the current disruption differs from that of the 2008 crisis. “I don’t believe that these changes are likely to stay with us forever,” he said. “Going forward, the structure of the supply chain will depend on whether the experience accelerates two trends that have been underway for several years. One trend is China moving up the value chain due to its industrial strategies or rising labour costs. Another important trend is increasing adoption of labour-saving technologies in modern manufacturing, such as industrial robots..
Ugaz Estrada stressed that closing borders would reduce the potential for trade integration and warned of the potential erosion of comparative advantage in many developing countries. “I think developing countries have a real opportunity to be able to expand their markets by exporting to and importing from their neighbours…there remains the possibility of expanding markets by using trends of regionalization,” she said.
Ugaz Estrada also pinpointed a number of factors which would be key to SMEs in developing countries being able to absorb advanced manufacturing technologies in the current challenging environment. These include upgrading digital infrastructure; creating preparedness strategies; digital upskilling and training; empowering women; and creating strong multi-stakeholder partnerships.
“It’s a moral imperative for international corporations to really provide a proper learning process for participation in the value chain; it’s a sine qua non condition. At UNIDO we are in the business of trying to help countries - the governments in particular -to be able to provide this learning infrastructure,” she said, citing UNIDO’s Centre for Mechatronics and Automation Technology in Uruguay as an example.
Simons stressed the dampening effects of COVID-19 on regional integration, connectivity and trade, as well as possible border closures.
“The barriers that COVID-19 has imposed affects regional trade, as much as it affects global trade,” he said. “So if you are following the discussion around the Continental Free Trade Agreement which now has now been imperiled because of COVID-19, given that it is the avowed aim of all African governments to forward the continental integration agenda, it will be quite surprising if they will be able to achieve that by closing borders,” said Simons.
He mentioned that SMEs in Africa had often been constrained in exporting by stringent standards and certification requirements, but that technologies are emerging that are helping to streamline these processes.
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Rome, Jul 5 (Canadian-Media): More than a thousand of participants have contributed their innovative solutions to the Global Call “Innovative Ideas and Technologies vs. COVID-19 and beyond” launched by the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), UNIDO reports said.
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Inspired by UNIDO’s Investment and Technology Promotion Office (ITPO) Italy and promoted by UNIDO’s network of ITPOs, the initiative was designed to identify, promote and scale innovations worldwide to tackle the current pandemic and to lay the foundation for more resilient economies in developing countries.
Over 1100 applications were submitted by start-ups, companies, universities, research centres and many other stakeholders operating in different fields, including incubators, business consortia, non-governmental organizations, associations and public-private partnerships, from 106 countries all over the world.
To address the effects of COVID-19, most proposals focused on the “Health Emergency” and “Food and Agriculture” categories, engaging in the response to the ongoing sanitary crisis and the severe repercussions on food shortages and global food supply chains.
Many submissions were also received within the categories “Energy and Environment” and “Resilient Industries and Infrastructure”, promoting fundamental solutions to ensure a successful and sustainable economic recovery after the pandemic outbreak.
UNIDO ITPO Italy Head, Diana Battaggia, commented: “We are extremely proud of the great number of participants joining our Global Call and sharing their innovative ideas from all over the world, notably during these challenging times. In this spirit, our initiative will facilitate knowledge-exchange, economic partnerships and international cooperation towards the achievement of the UN Sustainable Development Goals.”
The received applications will now be evaluated by an ad-hoc jury and the four winners will be invited to participate as guests of honour and speakers in an award ceremony, which will be held live streamed on 14 July 2020.