SME Times News Bureau | 23 Feb, 2019
another big step to expand its science and technology cooperation with Africa
with the announcement of the India-Ethiopia Innovation, Science and Technology
Commercialization Programme in Hyderabad on Friday.
the biggest country in Africa with a population of more than 100 million,
becomes the second country in Africa to benefit from the programme that was
first piloted in Rwanda starting 2017.
Vardhan, Union Minister of Science & Technology, Earth Sciences and
Environment, Forests & Climate Change, launched the programme along with Dr.
Getahun Mekuria, Ethiopia's Minister of Innovation and Technology, on
the concluding day of the Global R&D Summit.
Global R&D Summit 2019 was on the theme of 'International Collaboration in
Research and Development for Sustainable Growth'. Africa was the partner
continent. The annual summit was organized by DST and FICCI. Telangana was the
summit partner through the state's industry department, and supported by
Research & Innovation Circle Hyderabad (RICH) and Telangana State Higher
of Ethiopia and Zambia, and senior officials from Rwanda, delegates fromAfrican
continent andabout 200 private sector enterprises, government institutions,
academic centres of excellence and R&D experts of India participated in the
Summit. Plenary and thematic sessions focused on policy framework to support
R&D activities, building collaborations across borders, providing
need-based technology and innovation solutions from India to meet development
challenges of African nations.
Vardhan said "the vision of Prime
Minister Mr Narendra Modi is to share our
technology and innovations for shared prosperity in Africa. India wishes to
also create bilateral and multilateral platforms with like-minded South-South
Cooperation partners to forge collaborations to ensure sustainable growth in
developing countries. "
Mekuria welcomed the launch of the programme as
a continued demonstration of India’s enhancing ties with Africa and in step
with the India Africa Forum Summit III (IAFS-III) held in October 2015 in New
hopes to benefit from the growing innovation, science and technology
collaborations and investments from India" said the visiting Minister,
announcing that Ethiopia would host the India Technology and Innovation Week in
the capital of Addis Ababa in May 2019.
Luo, Zambia's Minister of Higher Education, praised the longstanding ties between
her country and India including the presence of the Indian diaspora, and said
she was confident that "
Zambia and India will start
a similar technology transfer and sharing programme as Rwanda and Ethiopia
before the end of 2019," she said.