Tunisia-Africa workshop on technological innovation kicks off works | Tunisia News Gazette

Tunisia-Africa workshop on technological innovation kicks off works

Works of the four-day Tunisia-Africa workshop on technological innovation kicked off on Monday in the Tunis City of Sciences.

“As part of our co-operation with South Africa in the field of sciences, technologies and innovation dating back to 2010, the workshop aims to discuss the various problems related to collaboration between the university, industry and marketing of research findings, said director-general of international co-operation at the Tunisian Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research Slim Choura.

The event also aims to discuss the establishment of technology transfer offices and intellectual property protection, He added, specifying that an agreement in matters of intellectual property protection will be signed shortly with the South African side.

Secretary of State for Scientific Research to Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research Khlil Amiri indicated for his part, that the workshop which is part of a set of workshops organised by the ministry and the South African Department of Science and Technology (DST), will help work out recommendations that will open new prospects between the two countries in matters of research.

These recommendations, he pointed out, will also be debated during my next talk with the South African Minister of Sciences and Technologies either in Tunis or Pretoria, underlining that there is already a joint programme between these two countries launched few years ago that helped fund 10 research projects.

He added that a new call for proposals will be launched soon in this regard, specifying that a new bilateral programme aimed to promote technological transfer and innovation, will be implemented.

On this occasion, South African ambassador to Tunisia Mandla Harold Hoyana said that the workshop is a real opportunity to take up some challenges facing the two, notably fight against poverty and unemployment.

He voiced wish that bilateral relations will be further fostered to open up on other fields and sectors.

Source: TAP News Agency

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