As mentioned in the OCTA strategic plan OCTs aspire to be fully trained, highly literate societies with improved investments in research and innovation. The OCTs have to make the best of their assets for achieving sustainable growth and providing youth with jobs. In this perspective, the main assets for the OCTs to draw on are related to research and innovation. Better use should be made of the generally high level of education system. This includes the existing universities, higher education institutions (HEI), research organisations, open campuses of external universities, and participation to international scientific networks.
By developing into knowledge societies, OCTs can partly overcome the traditional disadvantage associated with small vulnerable economies (SVEs). In this case, adding a working group on Research and Education could be part of OCTA’s strategy to enhance OCTs competitiveness. Subsequently, the desirability of setting up a REI PWP could be examined.
Montserrat chairs the OCTA working group on this topic.