COMESTCH course on Technology and Innovation Policy

  COMSTECH Secretariat, Islamabad, Pakistan -19 - 30 April, 2010

Organization of Islamic Conference’s (OIC) Standing Committee on Scientific and Technological Cooperation (COMSTECH) executed a training course on Technology and Innovation Policy which was attended by some members of the Organization of Islamic Countries (OIC) members of whom Sudan participated with 3 delegates from the affiliated research centers of the Ministry of Science and Technology; myself, Yagoub Eldoum Hamid and Samia Ibrahim.
The program covered the following main topics:
·         Innovation and Technology Policy: Theory and Principles.
·         Technology Policy for Developing Countries: Challenges and Opportunities
·         The Dynamics of Technology Transfer: The Role of Firms in National Competitiveness
·         The Impact of Technology Policy on National Systems of Innovation: Network Clusters, Global Production Networks (GPNs), Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in North-South Perspective.
·         International Trade, Technological Change and Technology Policy.
·         Technology Policy, Welfare Policy and Social Policy.
The course followed participatory methodology, consisting of interactive lectures followed by intensive discussions, conceptual and practical exercises;
Participants to the course resembled a wide representation to OIC countries.
The course was conducted by experts from the University of Cambridge, United Kingdom, in collaboration with the COMSTECH Centre for Science, Technology and Innovation Policy Research and Training.
Participants were also entertained through Islamabad to see the different cultures this great country has... most important of which is the picnic to Murre mountain through a long road that surrounds the mountain to reach to an area over 2000 meters populated by Pakistani people with their markets, restaurants and hotels and of course many tourists...
Participants were hosted in COMSTECH guest house, which is similar to 5 star hotels in its cleanliness, excellent food and services and of course they were offered local transport.