ESCWA Workshop in the Sudan on "Enhancing National Technology Transfer System in Sudan: Legal Framework and Suggested Structure"

Within the framework of the technical cooperation program implemented by ESCWA in cooperation with Arab Member States, and upon the request of the Africa City of Technology (ACT) in Sudan to provide technical support in strengthening the technology transfer and innovation system in Sudan, ESCWA implemented a workshop in Khartoum on December 27, 2017.
ESCWA, represented by Dr. Haidar Fraihat, Director of Technology for Development Division (TDD), and Dr. Nawar Al-Awa, Regional Advisor in TDD, delivered a number of presentations in addition to moderating some workshop sessions.
The workshop was held at Africa City of Technology (ACT) in Khartoum in the presence of ACT General Director Dr. Osama Rayes, with the participation of more than 30 participants from different academic, research and economic and commercial activities. Dr. Fraihat delivered the speech on behalf of ESCWA, then Dr. Al-Awa presented the status of technology transfer project in selected Arab countries.
At the second session, the ESCWA consultant, Dr. Mouawya Haddad delivered a presentation on the legal framework and suggested structure of the national technology transfer office (NTTO) in Sudan. Ms. Ghada El-Kheir from ACT presented ACT activities in technology transfer and innovation. Workshop sessions witnessed a rich discussion of the best alternatives and proposals for the establishment of NTTO office in Sudan.
Workshop participants in the closing session recommended the establishment of the Technology Transfer Office in accordance with the proposed steps and the continuous cooperation with ESCWA in NTTO development stages, in order to build the capacity of the staff in the work areas to be undertaken.
Workshop participants expressed their appreciation for the substantive presentations content through the discussions and evaluation carried out at the final session. Discussions and meetings also highlighted the need for such workshops, and emphasized the importance of capacity building and advisory services, provided by ESCWA in coordination with national partners.
In addition to this workshop, ESCWA held a number of meetings with representatives of the Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning (MoFEP) to discuss the proposed project of knowledge-based decision support and modeling system in the Sudan.