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RCSTT

REGIONAL CENTRE FOR SCIENCE AND TRANSFER OF TECHNOLOGY (RCSTT)

ESTABLISHMENT OF RCSTT

The establishment of a Regional Centre for Science and Transfer of Technology for IORA was proposed at the 13th Meeting of the Indian Ocean Rim Academic Group (IORAG) by the Islamic Republic of Iran.  A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), to establish RCSTT, on 23rd June 2008; following the approval of the Council of Ministers Meeting in 2008, Tehran, Islamic Republic of Iran.  The Centre was inaugurated on 28th October 2008.

Objectives of RCSTT

The Islamic Republic of Iran proposed the formation of the RCSTT with the following objectives:

a.   assisting Member States in the acquisition, dissemination, assimilation and promotion of technologies;

b.   promoting competitive approaches towards technology commercialization;

c.   undertaking research, policy  review,  analysis of trends and conditions;

d.   disseminating information and best practices through offering techno-markets;

e.   networking and partnership with international organizations and other key stakeholders;

f.    training national personnel, particularly national scientists and policy analysts;

g.   assisting Member States in establishing national focal points in their territories;

h.   facilitating the establishment of technology hubs to accelerate advanced technology development through joint efforts.

Functioning of RCSTT

The Centre is functioning under the terms of a Statute of the IORA RCSTT. It is under the authority of the IORA Secretariat and the IORA Council of Ministers and comprises an Advisory Council of the Ambassadors of the IORA Member States based in Tehran and the Secretary-General.  There is a Scientific Advisory Panel which reviews and discusses the subject matters defined in the work plan and programme of the Centre and provide its views and advice to the Centre.

The Centre is headquartered in Tehran and is hosted by the Islamic Republic of Iran through the Ministry of Science, Research and Technology and the Iranian Research Organization for Science and Technology (IROST).

The current Director of the RCSTT is Dr. Mahmoud Molanejad, from the Islamic Republic of Iran.

Achievements of RCSTT

Since its inception, the Centre has initiated many programmes and has undertaken to provide full hospitality, including airfares - for experts from Member States to attend some of these events.

1- International Workshop on 'Empowerment of Women through Science and Technology Interventions' 14-16 December 2008, Tehran, Iran

The Workshop was jointly organized by Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) and the IORA RCSTT and was attended by about 60 experts and senior professionals from 14 countries.  Participants came from India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Mauritius, South Africa, Sri Lanka and Tanzania and also other NAM Member States.

2- Workshop on Institutional Process and Initiatives for Developing Countries  Positions for WTO Negotiations-Tehran, Iran, September 2008

IORA RCSTT organized this workshop with the cooperation of the Islamic Development Bank (IDB).

3- International Workshop on 'Nanotechnology - Present Status and Future Prospects in Developing Countries', Kashan, Iran, 18-20 May 2009

This Workshop was jointly organized by Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) and the RCSTT and was attended by participants from India, Kenya, Malaysia, Mauritius, South Africa, Sri Lanka and Yemen and other NAM Member States.

4-  The training workshop on "Competitiveness Strategies and Technology Access and Adoption by SMEs in OIC Countries and IOR Region - Followed up with a "Regional Business Matching" Islamic Republic of Iran, 22-25 November, 2009

IORA RCSTT organized this workshop with the cooperation of the Islamic Development Bank (IDB). The Workshop was attended by the senior policy makers and SMEs experts from the IOR region, including representatives from Egypt, Sri Lanka and Malaysia.

5- The First IORA Regional Biotechnology Exhibition 2010 "Iran Biotech 2010", Tehran, Islamic Republic of Iran, April 13-15, 2010

This Exhibition was attended by more than 100 participants from among the Iranian R & D Centers, the Science and Technology Park, Universities and Academic Centers, and private companies and institutes involved in various trends of biotechnology in Iran. The regional section of the Exhibition was attended by 6 Member States from the IOR region viz. South Africa, Indonesia, Thailand, Sri Lanka, Kenya, and India and two other countries from Asia that is Pakistan and Nepal.  Participants showcased the latest biotechnology achievements of their countries during the exhibition.

6- The Regional Experts Meeting on "Herbal Medicine Processing including Extraction, Standardization, Processing, Formulation, Packaging and Commercialization" June 19-21, 2010 Tehran, Islamic Republic of Iran

The regional section of the Meeting was attended by 12 participants from IORA Member States viz. Sri Lanka, India, Indonesia, Islamic Republic of Iran, Malaysia, and three other countries from Asia (Pakistan, Philippines, Vietnam, and Hungary from EU) and also China, a Dialogue Partner of IORA participants introduced, discussed and showcased the latest achievements in different fields of medicinal plants and herbal medicines of their countries during the Meeting.

7- Regional Expert Meeting/Training Workshop on "Monitoring Global Environmental changes through the Application of Remote Sensing for OIC and IORA Member Countries", 24-27 October 2010

The Regional Experts Meeting and Training Workshop on "Monitoring Global Environmental Changes Through the Application of Remote Sensing for OIC and  IORA  Member States" was organized in  24-27 October 2010 in Tehran, Islamic Republic of Iran. This meeting was jointly organized by the IORA Regional Centre for Science and Technology Transfer, the Iranian Research Organization for Science and Technology (IROST), and the Islamic Development Bank. The Workshop was attended by 10 participants from IORA Member States includingBangladesh, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Yemen, Tanzania, Indonesia, Malaysia and Oman and several participants from Islamic Republic of Iran; they have been mostly selected from among the R & D Centres, Science and Technology Parks, Universities and Academic Centres, and Private Companies and Institutes involved in various areas of global changes and various applications of remote sensing in these areas.

8- Third Fajr Regional Inventions and Innovations Exhibition, 7-10 February 2011

The 3rd FAJR Regional Innovations and Inventions Exhibition 2011, Tehran, Islamic was held in Islamic Republic of Iran, February 7-10, 2011 as a joint Collaboration between the National Elites Foundation of the Islamic Republic of Iran and the IORA RCSTT.

The programme was announced and circulated among all Member States through the IORA Secretariat in Mauritius. 20 participants have been selected from IOR Member States: Bangladesh (two participants), India (two participants), Indonesia (7 participants), Malaysia (3 participants), Mauritius (1 participant) and 5 other participants from non-Member States, i.e. Colombia (one participant), Philippines (one participant). In total, 20 exhibitors from among the IORA Member States and the other countries attended the event and were provided by free exhibition space, and other hospitalities.

9- Intra-Regional Workshop on ICT and Communication E-Centres Development for Poverty Reduction and Business Services Promotion among the OIC countries and IORA Region, 14-16 March 2011

The Intra-Regional Workshop on ICT and Community E-Centres Development for Poverty Reduction and Business Services Promotion among the OIC countries and    IORA Region was held in Tehran, Islamic Republic of Iran, March 14-16, 2011. The workshop was organized jointly by the IORA Regional Centre for Science and Technology Transfer (RCSTT), the Iranian Research Organization for Science and Technology (IROST), and the Islamic Development Bank (IDB) with cooperation of   UNESCAP Information and Communications Technology and Disaster Risk Reduction Division.

The Workshop was attended by 10 participants from IORA Member Statesand Dialogue Partner including Bangladesh, China, India, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, South Africa and Tanzania, and several participants from Islamic Republic of Iran.