INSME Annual Meeting: new horizons for international cooperation
In Cape Town (South Africa) an annual meeting of experts at the conference of INSME association was held. The main topic of discussion in 2015 was the role of innovation and technology in a balanced economic growth.
"The concept of inclusive growth has recently become popular: the world see that the balanced growth is not only implemented in some macroeconomic indicators. This is a joint growth of all economic actors, which removes the problems of income inequality, development and so on. The global community understands that there are some common system problems, and requires joint efforts to identify the "road map" of innovation development of global economy generally and national innovative companies in particular," says Irina Boyko.
"One of the feelings after the meeting was that business, especially big one, is trying to reach a new level of discussion of technologies and innovation projects. One of the speeches was concerned at the systemic problems faced by the business. Max Basler, an industrial designer from South Africa, said that today's economy needs some crazy people who understand what decisions need to be taken today and do not pay attention to current environmental conditions,” Irina Boyko said. “I am pleased that we managed to find a sought-after and well designed course of action, and I think that ITMO University could take a niche in this area."
"As a result of the Annual Meeting work a number of proposals was received, that means that organizers want to engage Russia and ITMO University in mutual advancement. For now, we are talking about organization of joint workshops and seminars,” Irina Boyko added. “The Association establishes cooperation in Russia in this difficult time, and it shows that it is trying to bind the world regardless of the political situation."