The Wilson Center’s Mexico Institute in coordination with Fundación Idea, a non-partisan NGO in Mexico, recently brought together Mexican Senators and Deputies alongside U.S. members of Congress, innovation experts from the private sector, and academics with the goal of fostering a dialogue on innovation policies in Mexico. The Institute and Fundación Idea will release a new report in the coming weeks summarizing the themes and findings from the discussion.
Participants from both countries met at the Wilson Center for a two-day conference with panels examining high-impact entrepreneurship, access to capital, government policies and regulations, small-medium enterprises, the practical applications of science and technology, and an examination of the key elements of creating innovation environments. The sessions also incorporated site visits to nearby R&D centers where legislators could observe first-hand best practices in U.S. innovation.
“This type of programming is critical in helping create an informed discussion on developing a successful innovation policy in Mexico. Mexico’s future economic success is intricately tied with that of the United States. It is imperative that policymakers in both countries work together to develop regional approaches to innovation policy taking into account the ever-changing global economy,” emphasized Duncan Wood, Director of the Mexico Institute of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.
The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars is the national, living memorial honoring President Woodrow Wilson. The Wilson Center provides a strictly nonpartisan space for the worlds of policymaking and scholarship to interact. By conducting relevant and timely research and promoting dialogue from all perspectives, it works to address the critical current and emerging challenges confronting the United States and the world. Created by an Act of Congress in 1968, The Wilson Center is headquartered in Washington, D.C. and supported by both public and private funds.
Fundación Idea is a non-partisan, not-for-profit think tank -- one of the first public-policy think tanks in Mexico. The mission of Fundación Idea is to design and promote innovative public policies in economic development and a reduction in poverty that help generate equal opportunities for Mexicans. Fundación Idea also provides trusted and independent analysis for both public officials and the public.