Côte d’Ivoire: PASRES wants to contribute to the financing of technological research, for the economic emergence of the country

Le Programme d’Appui Stratégique à la Recherche Scientifique (PASRES) is willing to allocate resources to technological research, in order to make its contribution to the upgrading of the technological level of Côte d'Ivoire, which has been deemed weak by the Bank World in its last report on Côte d'Ivoire. The World Bank suggested that the country is lagging behind in technology and innovation in the Ivorian private sector. During the 22th February press conference when the official launch took place of the celebrations marking the 10th anniversary of PASRES, Dr Yaya Sangaré, Executive Secretary, announced his desire to be part of a dynamic of technological innovation in the next few years through partnerships between research and the private sector. ‘Over the last ten years, we have allocated the majority of our resources to fund basic academic research. This research is important because it allows the production of knowledge and helps the academic promotion of researchers; however the impact on the socio-economic development of the country is low‘, stated Dr Yaya SANGARE. He believes that for Côte d’Ivoire to emerge economically, it is imperative that the country pursues a more dynamic technological innovation strategy like the countries of South East Asia. In addition, PASRES intends to operationalize with the help of the Swiss National Science Foundation which has just been created. Côte d’Ivoire needs a large fund dedicated to the financing of research and innovation to support its development and to fill the technological gap pointed out by the World Bank. With the support of PASRES, the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research has just created a fund which is in the process of being operationalized. PASRES is committed to continuing to work with the Ministry to ensure that the fund becomes operational quickly, and that it is provided with sufficient resources to improve Côte d'Ivoire's research and innovation performance. PASRES was set up to serve as pilot for this National Fund as part of the scientific cooperation between Côte d’Ivoire and Switzerland. ‘The Swiss National Fund is willing to help us with the operation of our National Fund and we must seize this opportunity to benefit from Switzerland's expertise in the funding of research,’ concluded Dr Yaya SANGARE.

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