Workshop on trilateral cooperation in science, technology and innovation
The French Embassy in South Africa and the joint office of French research institutes IRD-CNRS-CIRAD in South Africa organised, in conjunction with the South African Department of Science and Technology, an international workshop on cooperation in Science, Technology and Innovation on December 7 2016 at the Innovation Hub in Pretoria.
This workshop took place on the sidelines of the second edition of the Science Forum South Africa under the theme Ignite Conversations about Science.
The idea to host a workshop on trilateral cooperation between France, South Africa and a third French-speaking African country (Algeria/Madagascar/Senegal) first came about in March 2016 during the fourth bilateral meeting between France and South Africa in Paris, in agreement with the South African Department of Science and Technology.
Potential areas of cooperation are engineering sciences with a focus on nanotechnologies, marine science with a focus on the Atlantic/Indian oceans, health with a focus on malaria using earth observation techniques, or environment as well as climate change with a focus on carbon capture and sequestration.
The objective of the workshop was to identify advantages, impacts and key issues in trilateral cooperation, to identify existing bilateral projects that have the potential to become trilateral projects. Scientists working on projects in these counties shared their experiences and drove discussions to use science and innovation for Africa’s development.
This event gathered representatives, senior scientists and high level research managers from Algeria, France, Madagascar, Senegal and South Africa to discuss the concept of tri-lateral cooperation in STI, its advantages, impacts and key issues. Tools for trilateral cooperation were also discussed and speakers presented programs or projects to which trilateral cooperation will add value.
This workshop was preceded by an opening session and a reception at the French Residence, hosted by Ms Charlotte Montel, Chargée d’Affaires a.i. at the French Embassy, on the evening of the 6th December 2016.
Mr Abd-El-Naceur Belaid, Ambassador of Algeria, the Chargés d’Affaires of Madagascar and Senegal, Prof. Cheikh Bekaye Gaye, Director-General for Research at the Ministry of Higher Education and Research in Senegal, Prof M. Rakotondrazafy, Representative of the Directorate general for Scientific Research in Madagascar and Mr Phil Mjwara, Director-General of the South African Department of Science and Technology attended the event at the French Residence.
Charlotte Montel:”The workshop will focus on strategies for promoting trilateral cooperation in scientific research and higher education. Global challenges such as climate change, food security, sustainable exploitation of the oceans and health threats - to name just a few of them - do not stop at national or regional boundaries.”