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Scientific and Technical Cooperation

Technology Transfer: Agreement signed between MINRESI and the Ministry of Science, Technology and Productive Innovation of the Republic of Argentina

The agreement signed between MINRESI and the Ministry of Science, Technology and Productive Innovation of the Republic of Argentina is based on technology transfer. Driven by the firm conviction that collaborative scientific research can provide answers to development problems, and that development depends on the technological mastery of national scientific communities, the DCST ensures that the agreements finalized and signed have a socio-economic impact.

Setting up Technology Transfer and Innovation Units (UTTI).

UTTIs facilitate collaboration with public and private players through technology transfer, know-how transfer, scientific analysis and technological feasibility studies.
The aim of these Units is to valorize and popularize research results at user level. It follows decision n0 000334/MINRESI/B00/F00 of December 16, 2014. The establishment of the “Convention relative à la collaboration en matière du développement et du transfert des technologies, la valorisation de la recherche entre le MINRESI et le Ministère de la Science, de la Technologie et de l’Innovation Productive de la République d’Argentine (ci-après désignée “Convention”), the purpose of which is to set out the terms and conditions of collaboration between MINRESI and MINCYT with a view to protecting and valorizing the results of research developed in their countries.

According to the ministerial decision, UTTIs are operational structures responsible for promoting technology. Their main missions are to:

.Draw up and negotiate research and transfer contracts;

.Control intellectual property aspects;

.Identify inventions to be protected and evaluate their transfer potential;

.Patent inventions;

.Identify potential business partners and market inventions;

.Select and involve other external partners as required.

This transfer is essentially carried out by means of a contract by which the research institute grants to a private company, a public body or an entity “derived” from the university or the research organization, which thus receives the right (license) to use a new technology in exchange for a royalty or other consideration. In this sense, intellectual property rights, which allow the institute to control the use of the results of its research work, constitute the foundation of the technology transfer mechanism. Technology transfer, however, is a bandwagon. Moreover, as the country puts in place mechanisms to stimulate innovation and intellectual property strategies favorable to research activities, complemented by a new vision of knowledge-driven growth, in which intellectual property plays a central role.

Scientific cooperation: Cameroon aligns with the progress made by the State of Israel

Madam Minister of Scientific Research and Innovation, Dr. Madeleine Tchuinté received in audience on Monday, June 25, 2018 at 11 a.m., the Ambassador of Israel to Cameroon, His Excellency Ran Gidor. This visit to MINRESI by the Israeli diplomat comes a few weeks after the participation at the invitation of the Israeli Government, the Minister of Scientific Research and Innovation from June 25 to 2, 2018, in Jerusalem, Israel, in the first International Scientific Conference at ministerial level on the theme “Thinking out of the Box, celebrating seventy years of Israeli scientific innovation in the service of Humanity”. This meeting brought together ministers in charge of Science and Technology from around thirty countries, Scientific Advisors, certain Heads of Government, Israeli researchers and creators, as well as members of the international scientific community and Nobel Prize winners. .

After welcoming her host, Dr Madeleine Tchuinté praised the quality of Israeli expertise in agricultural research and the diversity of innovations exhibited during the International Scientific Conference in which she took part and which suggests explore avenues of cooperation between the research organizations of the two countries, particularly in the field of technology transfer in the management of water and fertilizers for the needs of agriculture in the arid zones of Cameroon.

Continuing her remarks, the head of MINRESI also mentioned several scientific fields that could be useful to Cameroon. These include, among other things, the design and production of small agricultural mechanical tools which would reduce the arduousness of the work and the cost of labor; animal production, in particular, aquaculture and dairy production; the genetic improvement of dairy cows and plants (cereals, fruit trees, vegetable crops).

It should also be noted the training of scientific personnel, particularly in genetics and food technology (researchers and technicians). Finally, the Minister of Research underlined the importance of the recommendations resulting from the lessons learned after this international conference in Israel. Overall, it emerges that the security challenges facing our country should not slow down all current public socio-economic development initiatives. Likewise, scientific cooperation with Israel should be strengthened, by promoting the multidisciplinary approach to provide technical solutions to Cameroon’s development problems. In this perspective, Dr Madeleine Tchuinté hoped that the institutes under the supervision of MINRESI would be widely involved in terms of training grant facilities for researchers in Israel. His Excellency Ran Gidor was very favorable to the densification of scientific cooperation with MINRESI not only through already existing opportunities, but also and above all to consider new fields of innovation such as the creation of start-ups.