Government approves creation of centre to support technological innovation
Maputo, 19 Aug (AIM) – Small and Medium Enterprises, university students, researchers and innovators will soon benefit from a centre for the promotion of innovation and use of information technology.
On Tuesday, the Council of Ministers approved the Government’s Strategy for Science, Technology and Innovation in Mozambique (ECTIM) and its Strategy for Intellectual Property. These papers outline the country’s vision in relation to technological matters
Speaking on the sidelines of a seminar on Wednesday in Maputo on the establishment of a Centre for the Support of Innovation and Technology (CAIT), Science and Technology Minister Venancio Massingue said that after the approval of these strategies the next step is their implementation.
Massingue added that the Centre would be extremely important because it will facilitate the linking of innovators and producers. “The Centre will certainly play an important role in this interchange. What we want, as quickly as possible, are technological solutions most appropriate to our situation. But the centre will also be of great help in giving value to our scientists and innovators” said Massingue.
The project to establish the CAIT will be implemented by the Ministry of Science and Technology with material and technical support from the World Intellectual Property Organization. This is the result of an agreement signed by the two sides for the implementation of the Intellectual Property Development Plan in Mozambique during the period 2010 to 2014.
The Ministry of Science and Technology has, in this context, developed a programme of support for innovators that has allowed for the identification of 80 innovators across the country, and provided assistance to 25 of them in drafting patents for their inventions.
The World Intellectual Property Organization is a specialised agency of the United Nations. It has the mandate of developing a balanced and accessible international intellectual property system, which rewards creativity, stimulates innovation and contributes to economic development while safeguarding the public interest.
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