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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.