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Trip to India

 


The Conference was meant to identify S&T innovative solutions to address global challenges such as climate change and growing human population, S&T capacity building programmes, financing opportunities and commercialization of R&D outputs for socio-economic benefit and to identify opportunities for African scientists to participate in emerging technological areas such as nanotechnology, ICTs, Biotechnology including their application to socio-economic development.

 

The presentations at the conference included Science and Technology Programmes and Policies in India and Africa Union. There were also Africa Sub regional Round Table Sessions focusing on North Africa (AMU); West Africa (ECOWAS); Central Africa (ECCAS); East Africa (IGADD) and Southern Africa (SADC). There was a presentation on India-Africa Cooperation for Institutional strengthening. The Foundation for Indian Innovation also made a presentation onTechnology Exposition. Deployable solutions through innovation and public private partnerships to address Grand Societal Challenges through telemedicine, Vaccine Production and Grassroots innovations for inclusive societal development were showcased during the conference.

Among the issues raised was capacity building that is strengthening collaboration in human capital development to address societal challenges for growing populations through increased fellowship for African students to study at Indian R&D Institutions. Institutional development was another key issue that was highlighted. It was noted that there was need for the establishment of Centers of Excellence or Technoparks within tertiary institutions in Africa within the framework of the India/Africa Agreement and the AMCOST Consolidated Plan of Action which states that there should be an Institute of Pastuer in Tunis, Tunisia ( Health science and bio-informatics), Institute of Mathematics and Physical Sciences, Benin (Basic Sciences, technology and Innovation for climate change) and School of Science and Technology in Masuku, Gabon (Development of local Materials; Chemistry of natural Materials ; Energy Research).

It was also agreed that there was need for a continuous dialogue and exchange of information and experiences in S&T between India and Africa and the promotion of knowledge transfer and adoption for need based small to medium scale innovations through visits, expos, workshops, seminars and conferences and pilot demonstration projects. The African Union Commission was urged to continue engaging the Indian Department of S&T to identify areas of common interest which have regional and continental relevance.

The Conference was attended by 29 African Ministers, senior Government officials from various African States and representatives of R&D Institutions in India.

The Minister held bilateral meetings with Indian R&D institutions that included the National Innovation Foundation, NANOBIOSYM and Centre for Science and Technology of the Non Aligned and Other Developing Countries.

An MoU between the National Innovation Foundation of India and Zimbabwe was signed. The memorandum is mainly for basic technological transfer. This will result in the transfer of knowledge on projects that have been done by the National Innovation Foundation of India to address the welfare of the Indian community to Zimbabwe.

The Minister also went on a study tour of R&D institutions in Bangalore. The delegation visited the Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research involved in biofuels using waste. This prompted the Minister to encourage the establishment of bio-gas plants in Zimbabwe as a solution to current energy challenges.

The Minister also visited Vittal Innovation City, the Mahatma Ghandi Institute of Rural Energy and Development and the International Centre for Material Sciences.

Trip to India

 

 

 

 

The Minister of Science and Technology Development Professor Heneri Dzinotyiweyi and Director for Commercialisation of Research and Development and Innovation (CRDI) Mrs Rungano Karimanzira attended the India/Africa Science and Technology Ministers’ Conference and Technology Expo held from the 27th of February 2012 to 4th March 2012 in India.

The Conference was meant to identify S&T innovative solutions to address global challenges such as climate change and growing human population, S&T capacity building programmes, financing opportunities and commercialization of R&D outputs for socio-economic benefit and to identify opportunities for African scientists to participate in emerging technological areas such as nanotechnology, ICTs, Biotechnology including their application to socio-economic development.

The presentations at the conference included Science and Technology Programmes and Policies in India and Africa Union. There were also Africa Sub regional Round Table Sessions focusing on North Africa (AMU); West Africa (ECOWAS); Central Africa (ECCAS); East Africa (IGADD) and Southern Africa (SADC). There was a presentation on India-Africa Cooperation for Institutional strengthening. The Foundation for Indian Innovation also made a presentation onTechnology Exposition. Deployable solutions through innovation and public private partnerships to address Grand Societal Challenges through telemedicine, Vaccine Production and Grassroots innovations for inclusive societal development were showcased during the conference.

Among the issues raised was capacity building that is strengthening collaboration in human capital development to address societal challenges for growing populations through increased fellowship for African students to study at Indian R&D Institutions. Institutional development was another key issue that was highlighted. It was noted that there was need for the establishment of Centers of Excellence or Technoparks within tertiary institutions in Africa within the framework of the India/Africa Agreement and the AMCOST Consolidated Plan of Action which states that there should be an Institute of Pastuer in Tunis, Tunisia ( Health science and bio-informatics), Institute of Mathematics and Physical Sciences, Benin (Basic Sciences, technology and Innovation for climate change) and School of Science and Technology in Masuku, Gabon (Development of local Materials; Chemistry of natural Materials ; Energy Research).

It was also agreed that there was need for a continuous dialogue and exchange of information and experiences in S&T between India and Africa and the promotion of knowledge transfer and adoption for need based small to medium scale innovations through visits, expos, workshops, seminars and conferences and pilot demonstration projects. The African Union Commission was urged to continue engaging the Indian Department of S&T to identify areas of common interest which have regional and continental relevance.

The Conference was attended by 29 African Ministers, senior Government officials from various African States and representatives of R&D Institutions in India.

The Minister held bilateral meetings with Indian R&D institutions that included the National Innovation Foundation, NANOBIOSYM and Centre for Science and Technology of the Non Aligned and Other Developing Countries.

An MoU between the National Innovation Foundation of India and Zimbabwe was signed. The memorandum is mainly for basic technological transfer. This will result in the transfer of knowledge on projects that have been done by the National Innovation Foundation of India to address the welfare of the Indian community to Zimbabwe.

The Minister also went on a study tour of R&D institutions in Bangalore. The delegation visited the Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research involved in biofuels using waste. This prompted the Minister to encourage the establishment of bio-gas plants in Zimbabwe as a solution to current energy challenges.

The Minister also visited Vittal Innovation City, the Mahatma Ghandi Institute of Rural Energy and Development and the International Centre for Material Sciences.

 

 




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