The Strategic Advisory Board on Information Technologies
(i.e. "CSTI": Conseil Stratégique des Technologies
de l'Information), created on july 10th, 2000 by a Government
committee meeting on information society. It is chaired
by the Prime
Minister and composed of
leading entrepreneurs from industry and R&D, selected for
their own competence (and not for belonging to any given organization).
CSTI is responsible for presenting recommendations
to Government related to strategic orientations in innovation
and research and development, concerning information technologies.
It also plays a role in the field of training and education
in information technologies, in order to provide a appropriate
answer to the growing needs of digital economy.
- CSTI, in particular, has to:
maintain a living and permanent dialogue with industry ;
improve coordination between private and public researchers, and between the latters and the industry, since technological changes have speeded up and tend to erase the traditional partitioning between basic and operational research ;
operate direct exchanges between manufacturers and researchers on the one hand, and public executives on the other, in order to define more accurately and efficiently national priorities, and to select domains where action should be strengthened.