# CooperationIvoiroSuisse: Côte d’Ivoire and Switzerland welcome the activities of the CSRS and commit to maintain them

On the 24th March, 2018, the government of Côte d’Ivoire and the Swiss Federal Council have taken the resolution to continue the adventure of the Centre Suisse de Recherches Scientifiques en Côte d’Ivoire (CSRS) and the Programme d’appui strategique à la recherche scientifique (PASRES), for their large contribution to research, innovation and the valorization of their results. The gathering took place in Abidjan where the director of cabinet of Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research of Côte d’Ivoire, Prof. Assane Thiam and the representative of the Swiss Federal State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation, Mr. Mauro Moruzzi signed a joint statement of mutual commitment. The document welcomes the permanent support of the Ivorian and Swiss governments at the CSRS, and expresses satisfaction with the success of the mobility programme which has enabled 131 Ivorian and Swiss students to pursue research in their partner country. Since its creation in 1951, the CSRS has always demonstrated its capacity for resilience and has remained a model of good governance that has made it so sustainable. Today it is attracting more than 170 scientific collaborators from 34 countries. At current, the CSRS is led by the general director Prof Bassirou Bonfoh, whose mandate will be taken over by Prof Inza Koné, to be the first Ivorian person director, on the 1st July 2018. Prof Bonfoh pointed out that the CSRS ranks first among the scholarship recipients of the Swiss National Science Foundation, publishing 50 to 70 articles each year (20% of the Ivorian national scientific output), while its results impact on the socio-economic life of populations. Its main challenges are the maintenance and improvement of laboratory infrastructures, the investment in systems meeting the requirements while remaining a center of excellence for the benefit of the population. PASRES, on the other hand, is celebrating ten years of support for research and development of Côte d'Ivoire, this year. According to its executive secretary, Dr Yaya Sangaré, this programme has financed 187 projects out of 1521 received for 3.5 billion FCFA. ‘I hope a Nobel prize winner comes from the CSRS Abidjan’, said the Federal Councilor, Johan Schneider-Ammann, Swiss Federal Councilor for Economy, Training and Research, who led a Swiss delegation of approximately 40 authorities in Côte d'Ivoire. His counterpart in Côte d’Ivoire, Bakayoko-Ly Ramata, representing Higher Education and Scientific Research, celebrated the performance of this flagship of cooperation between the two countries that make it a center of excellence which will lobby for its work, and where results are seen and known by people who benefit without knowing it.   CSRS communication service with AIP

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