#CoopérationIvoiroSuisse: Swiss authorities visit Côte d’Ivoire for exchanges and signing conventions

An important Swiss delegation led by the Federal Council, Mr. Johann Schneider-Amman, Minister for the Economy, Agriculture, Tourism, Research, Higher Education and Vocational Training, will carry out a mission of exchanges in Côte d’Ivoire from 23rd to 25th March, 2018. The objective of this mission is to consolidate the good relationships of co-operation between Côte d’Ivoire and the Swiss Confederation through exchanges and signatures of cooperation agreements. The Swiss delegation will consist of almost 40 people, including political authorities, economic operators, experts of scientific research and vocational training. Scientific research is the main discussion topic on the diary. Indeed, the Côte d’Ivoire and the Swiss Confederation have a longstanding tradition of scientific co-operation through a general frame agreement and a specific headquarters agreement with the Centre Suisse de Recherches Scientifiques en Côte d’Ivoire (CSRS) which has represented the symbol of this co-operation for 65 years. Rightly so, the important Swiss delegation will visit CSRS on the March 24th 2018. This visit will offer and opportunity for the two parts to balance the sheets of the assets and to define the strategies to tackle future challenges, to revisit the mechanisms of the public–private partnerships and mobility of the researchers between Côte d’Ivoire and Switzerland. The adaptation of the financial contribution of the two countries with the evolution of the CSRS will also be discussed. This event takes place in a context, where for the first time a CSRS General Director of Ivorian origin – Prof. Inza Koné – has been selected to start from 1st July 2018. This opening of the director position to applicants from Côte d’Ivoire is a form of recognition of the capacity of the national researchers, and an appreciation of recent highly successful African leaderships in the field of the governance of research, according to the international standards. Placed under the double supervision of the Ministry for Higher Education and the Scientific Research in Côte d’Ivoire (MESRS) and the Swiss Secretariat of State for Education, Research and Innovation (SERI), the assets of the CSRS regarding scientific productivity are numerous. Scientific achievements are manifold and in fields as varied as conservation of biodiversity, food safety, sustainable development and human and animal health. In addition, the CSRS is positioned like a major complement of the universities in the formation of researchers and the reinforcement of institutional capacities.

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