iThemba LABS hosted a Tunisian delegation from Monday 19 to Wednesday 22 February. The delegation attended the South Africa – Tunisia Joint Researchers’ Workshop and consisted of officials from the Tunisian Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research and researchers, who reported on research projects.
South Africa and Tunisia agreed on a joint Research and Innovation Programme under the Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) Agreement which both parties signed in 2010. The programme sought to promote the co-generation of knowledge, knowledge and skills transfer, capacity development and the strengthening of the cooperation networks to address common developmental challenges. The programme is also a directed effort toward promoting Africa’s Indigenous Knowledge systems with the aim of contributing to the global Sustainable Developmental Goals.
Since the signing of the STI agreement between the two countries as well as the inception of the Joint Research and Innovation Programme, South Africa and Tunisia have been able to implement a Joint Research Programme successfully. The partners are now looking to pursue a Technology and Innovation programme to improve respective Innovation and Technological Capacities.
The National Research Foundation (NRF) has led the development and management of the Joint Research, Technology and Innovation Programme on behalf of South Africa as mandated by the DST. With the expansion of the scope of the of the programme in the new implementation plan, the inclusion of the Technology and Innovation Agency (TIA) is meant to strategically assist the countries in developing a Technology and Innovation call that will support research commercialisation.