MUSCAT: The Research Council (TRC) in collaboration with United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (UN-ESCWA) recently organised the first workshop on the ‘Activation of National Technology Transfer System in the Sultanate’. The workshop was held to engage stakeholders from the concerned government and private universities and colleges, as well as other concerned institutions in the Sultanate in the planning for a national technology transfer system in Oman. According to Dr Ali al Shidhani, Director of Research Centres Department at TRC, the objective of having a national technology transfer system is to capitalise on the research outputs produced from universities and to facilitate linkages between universities, government and industry, and also to encourage innovators in the country.
“The establishment of such a system goes through several steps, among them is developing studies and workshops. This workshop is the first workshop towards the establishment of such system,” he said. “We are doing this project in collaboration with the UN-ESCWA Technology Centre and as part of a regional effort that includes other countries such as Egypt, Lebanon, Tunisia and Morocco,” he added. Delivering the ESCWA Technology Centre’s opening remarks, Dr Fouad Mrad, Executive Director of ESCWA Technology Centre, said, “We need to look in deep inside and see how, in Oman, we can interconnect, network and effectively achieve the proper governance of an effective national system of scientific research and technological development and transfer and this is why we are here.”