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Meeting of Employees, Researchers and the Board of Directors of the Centre Suisse de Recherches Scientifiques en Côte d’Ivoire (CSRS): How to address the challenges of scientific excellence?

In the margins of the Biannual meeting of the CSRS Board of Directors, the traditional meeting between employees, researchers and members of the Board of Directors was held on Tuesday, December 18, 2018. In the presence of Prof. Juerg Utzinger, General Director of Swiss TPH, and Prof. Serge Diagbouga Potiandi, from the Institute of Health Sciences Research of Burkina-Faso.  

The objective of this meeting was to make a partial assessment of the projects undertaken since the change of management in July 2018 and to share with employees the topics that will be discussed at the Board meeting.  

To this end, Prof. Koné Inza, General Director of the CSRS, reviewed the work and activities finalized and carried out. He then listed the topics that will be submitted to the Board of Directors for adoption. These include the 2018-2023 strategic plan, the infrastructures’ development plan, amendments to the CSRS statutes, the new cost-sharing strategy and the adoption of the 2019 Budget.  

In addition, Prof. Koné reiterated the CSRS's ambition to strengthen its subregional positioning, with an effective presence of ECOWAS organs in its governance institutions.  

Following Prof. Koné, Prof. Juerg Utzinger, Director of Swiss TPH and Vice-President of the CSRS, took the opportunity to comment on the major challenges ahead. According to these comments, geopolitical changes, with China's growing position, are an opportunity to forge new partnerships with this actor.  

He also went back over the valorization of internal expertise for a synergy of actions between CSRS researchers. The last point of his presentation focused on the turning point of digitization to be seized to make it a reality in the actions and services of the CSRS. The breakthrough of mobile phones in the mores of African populations in general, and in the mores of young people in particular, is an example, and an opportunity to boost the CSRS' service offer.  

As for Prof. Diagbouga, he insisted on one of the strong objectives of the new management, which is to make the CSRS a label of excellence at the regional and international level. This requires a greater openness of recruitment to students and researchers from Africa and the conduct of more projects in this dimension.  

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