Workshop highlights issues about innovation system

November 25, 2014 Off By Web Desk

ISLAMABAD: In this modern world, Science, Technology and Innovation (ST&I) have become a key element for industrial competitiveness amid intense competition and a fast changing market environment. There is a dire need for enhanced South-South cooperation on important issues pertaining to national innovation systems and IP regimes to ensure development of the region.

Science and technology experts expressed these views at the inaugural session of the three-day regional workshop on ‘National Innovation System and Intellectual Property’ for the African region.

The event was inaugurated by Dr. Amina Al Hajri, Deputy Director General ISESCO, in Rabat, Morocco, says press note issued here Wednesday by the Comsats headquarters. The workshop is jointly organized by ISESCO, COMSATS, and INIT.

In her welcome address, Dr. Amina remarked, “ISESCO Centre for Promotion of Scientific Research (ICPSR) has been focusing on helping member countries achieve the Millennium Development Goals by 2015 through promotion of innovative scientific research as stipulated in its three-year action plan.”

Executive Director COMSATS, Dr. Imtinan Elahi Qureshi, in his message read out on the occasion by Tajammul Hussain, Advisor (Programmes) COMSATS, stressed the importance of creating regional linkages aimed at building effective national innovation systems.

He noted that the world is passing through a period of rapid development in all areas of science and technology that has created a greater need for understanding and modelling national innovation processes and systems, while developing means to safeguard scientific advances, ideas, and business interests in the developing world.

Dr. Qureshi informed that COMSATS has always promoted scientific cooperation for the socio-economic development of its member countries.

Addressing the gathering at the inauguration, Tahir Naeem, Executive Director INIT, highlighted the theoretical background of national innovation system. He noted that Africa has a pattern of national boundaries of ethnic, religious and tribal subsystems, more complex than any other continent. He opined that the mechanisms of South-South Cooperation on important issues pertaining to the national innovation systems and IP regimes were crucial for development of the region.

The workshop will also cover a wide range of talks focusing on policy, strategy and implementation aspects of national innovation system with special reference to African countries. Country case studies will also be presented by subject experts, officials and representatives of governments of the participating countries.

The event is expected to benefit around 30 policy practitioners, academicians and government functionaries working in the fields of National Innovation System and Intellectual Property from 15 countries, including Benin, Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, Gabon, Ghana, Guinea, Niger, Pakistan, Senegal, Tanzania, Togo and Uganda.

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