Validation Workshop of Les Assises de la Recherche et de l’Innovation 2022
The Validation Workshop of Les Assises de la Recherche et de l’Innovation 2022 was held on Monday 17th October 2022 at Le Meridien Ile Maurice, Mauritius.
The welcome address was given by Prof Theesan Bahorun, the Executive Director of the MRIC followed by a short address by Dr Kaviraj Sharma Sukon. During his keynote address, the Minister of Information Technology, Communication and Innovation, Mr. Darsanand Balgobin, emphasised that Les Assises de la Recherche et de l’Innovation 2022 bears testimony to the efforts of his Ministry and the MRIC, in providing a platform that fosters nationwide scientific dialogue, while concurrently providing insights on emerging and frontier innovations. He commended the level of the interest, involvement and discussions that one and all indulged in to develop the National Roadmap for Research and Innovation and underlined that it embodies the efforts of all parties involved towards bettering the research and innovation ecosystem of the country.
Following the protocol session, the report of each of the six thematic areas was presented and validated in the presence of stakeholders both physically present at the venue and those who viewing online. The achievements of the MRIC since its inception since September 2019 and some innovative products and services emanating from funded initiatives were showcased. Challenges with regards to current MRIC schemes were detailed. The Strategic Plan of the MRIC and the proposed new Smart Innovation Support Mechanism (SISM) were also presented and validated.
By: Dr R Jeetah-Rampadaruth, Mr K Narrain, Ms S Bhojoo, Mr Y Gajadur and Mr K Pokhun