NRF-HSRC Ambassadorial Forum on Research and Development
26 May 2016
On 12 May 2016, the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) and the National Research Foundation (NRF) co-hosted the first Ambassadorial Forum on Research and Development, aligned with the NRF and HSRC strategic focus on Africa. The Forum was co-hosted in collaboration with the University of Pretoria.
This event is the first in the series that seeks to engage ambassadors from the African continent in an academic seminar to discuss and relate pertinent aspects of research and development - an important platform for engaging international and national stakeholders, and providing a unique opportunity for African embassies in South Africa to be engaged effectively by research managers and policy makers on issues that affect our countries.
The keynote address was delivered by the Ambassador of Algeria to South Africa, His Excellency Mr Abd-El-Naceur Belaid.
Panellist members included Mr Daan Du Toit, Deputy Director General, Department of Science and Technology of South Africa; Dr Molapo Qhobela, CEO, NRF; Dr Crain Soudiens, CEO, HSRC; Dr Shirley Motaung, Deputy Dean, Tshwane University of Technology, and Prof Tinyiko Maluleke, Advisor to the Vice-Chancellor, University of Pretoria.
In his speech, Ambassador Belaid hailed the forum as a real opportunity for a new step and a platform for engaging towards a regional African approach in the field of science and technology through the promotion of the capacities of African countries and the exchange of experiences as well as the drawing up of an inter-African partnership in the globalized world.
A framework for the SA-Algeria intergovernmental relations on science and technology was concluded in 2008, resulted in the success of various projects launched as two joint calls for proposals (respectively for 2011-2013 and 2013-2015). Hitherto, 20 projects have been funded jointly totalling a budget of over R20 million. In addition, progress has been made towards the creation of a centre of excellence in aeronautics.
The second Forum will be held during November 2016.
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