1st Board of Directors 2017 of the CSRS: The year 2017 promises to be a good one

The Board of Directors of the Centre Suisse de Recherches Scientifiques in Côte d’Ivoire (CSRS) met at its 17th Ordinary Session on Wednesday, 25 January 2017. This Board was chaired by Professor Jürg Utzinger, Managing Director Of the Swiss TPH, Vice-Chairman of the Board. The Director of Cabinet of the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research of Côte d'Ivoire (MESRS), Chairman of the Board was represented by Professor Annick Tahiri, Director of Promotion, Valorization, Research and Technological Innovation of MESRS. On the menu of this first meeting of the year, the examination of the technical and financial report 2016 and the budget 2017. The technical and financial report 2016 was presented by Prof. Bassirou Bonfoh, Director General of CSRS. It enabled the Board to review the major activities of the year 2016, which demonstrate the growing influence of the CSRS at the national, sub-regional and international levels. The 2016 budget recorded a deficit for the first time, which was offset by reserves made up of surpluses from previous years. The 2017 budget was presented, validated and adopted. This 2017 budget takes into account the third and final phase of the wage revaluation of the employees of the Institution, started since 2015. It should be noted that outside the members of the Council. Three personalities participated to this eventas observers. These are the Ambassador of Switzerland to Côte d'Ivoire, HE Mr. Thomas Litscher, Dr. Andreas Burckhardt, Chairman of the Board of Swiss TPH and Dr. Yaya Sangaré, Executive Secretary of the Strategic Support Program for Scientific Research In Côte d'Ivoire (PASRES). As a reminder, the CSRS Board of Directors held twice a year. The 17th session which should have been held in December 2016 is the second annual session of 2016. This second annual session aims to evaluate the technical report and the budget for the past year and to validate the budget of the following year.

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