The Executive Vice President/Director General of the National Agency for Science and Technology Infrastructure (NASENI), Prof. Mohammed Sani Haruna on Thursday inaugurated, on behalf of the Federal Government, the Presidential Committee on Transfer of Technology between Nigeria and the Czech Republic to implement the evaluation on the Delta-2 program.
The assessment aims to ensure the successful start-up of projects to initiate a process of promoting the growth and expansion of infrastructure, manufacturing and innovation in Nigeria, leading to locally produced technologies and products. Nigeria.
The boss of NASENI, who is also co-chairman of the presidential committee, said: “250 million CZK, or about $10.5 million, has been allocated as research funds by the Czech government. On behalf of the FGN, NASENI will top this with $10 million.
He said 284 public proposals for the Delta-2 program had been submitted for consideration, listing the thematic areas as agriculture with a total proposal of 78 (27.5%); mining, 12 (4.2%) and SMEs, 194 (86.3%).
Haruna urged the committee members to ensure that important projects leading to Made in Nigeria technologies and products are selected from the companies to transform Nigeria and kick-start the industrial revolution in the country.
Nigeria and the Czech Republic had in May launched a public call for proposals on the Delta-2 program worth $16.2 million to co-finance a research and development (R&D) project.
The Delta-2 program is the cooperation model of the Technology Agency of the Czech Republic (TA-CR), which runs from 2020 to 2025, through which sponsors applied research and innovation of manufacturing companies and innovative institutions.
NASENI and TA-CR had signed a memorandum of understanding in 2014 in Prague on critical areas of technology transfer and innovations that had resulted in the co-financing of the bilateral Czech-Nigerian R&D project on the Delta-2 program.
Chairman of the Presidential Implementation Committee (PIC) on Technology Transfer and Information Exchange between Nigeria and the Czech Republic, Muhammed Dahiru, said the terms of reference of the committee are the instrument for implementation of the memorandum of understanding between the two countries, which recognizes the central and critical role of the PIC. and NASINI.