4th ASEAN India Grassroots Innovation Forum

India and 10 ASEAN Member States (AMS) showcased unity at the launch of the 4th edition of the ASEAN India Grassroots Innovation Forum (AIGIF). The event, graced by 200 participants, aims to strengthen the bond between India and AMS through cooperation in Science, Technology, and Innovation (STI).

A Platform for Innovation and Cooperation

The AIGIF, an annual program, is designed to foster collaboration and deepen ties between India and AMS. With a focus on social innovations across countries, it also plays a pivotal role in fortifying governance in the grassroots innovation ecosystem.

Key Collaborators

This annual initiative is a collaborative effort between the ASEAN Committee on Science, Technology, and Innovation (COSTI); the Department of Science & Technology (DST), Government of India; the National Innovation Foundation (NIF) – India; and the host nation’s Ministry of Science, Technology, and Innovation (MOSTI), represented by Yayasan Inovasi Malaysia (YIM) for the year 2023.

Inauguration by Malaysian Minister

Mr. YB Chang Lih Kang, Minister of Science, Technology, and Innovation, Government of Malaysia, officially launched AIGIF 2023. Recognizing the forum’s significance, he emphasized its role in showcasing and promoting innovations that can positively impact lives at the grassroots level. He urged participating nations to commit to social innovations for a better future, emphasizing cross-border mechanisms and information sharing.

Highlights and Perspectives

The event saw the participation of Dr. Arvind C Ranade, Director, NIF; Dr. Sulakshana Jain, Scientist E, International Cooperation Division, DST, Government of India; and other NIF staff members. The delegation included 17 student innovators and grassroots innovators from India, contributing to a total representation of 200 from 11 countries.

A Continuing Success Story

Building on the success of previous editions in Jakarta, Indonesia (2018), Davao, Philippines (2019), and Phnom Penh, Cambodia (2022), AIGIF 2023 reinforces its commitment to overcoming societal challenges through increased participation and collaboration in Langkawi, Malaysia.



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