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WAITRO-ISESCO Technology Foresight (Phase I)
19-23 July, 2010
Hosted by SIRIM Berhad, Shah Alam, Malaysia


Today, technologies are the primary source of industrial competitiveness and economic growth. Our manufacturing and service sectors must have the capacity to absorb and apply new technologies to meet fast changing market needs quickly and efficiently, so companies must continuously develop new products and find new markets if they are to keep up. Research institutions likewise must keep pace with the change in new relevant research and technologies for today’s scientific research are the building blocks of tomorrow.

 

Technology foresight is regarded as the most upstream element of the technology development process. It provides inputs for the formulation of technology policies and strategies that guide the development of the technological infrastructure. In addition, technology foresight provides support to innovation, leading to enhanced competitiveness and growth.

 

This initiative was made possible through the joint efforts of WAITRO and ISESCO in conducting the Workshop on Technology Foresight.  Resource persons from SIRIM Berhad were appointed to facilitate this workshop which was held from July 19–23, 2010 at the Concorde Hotel, Shah Alam, Malaysia.

 

The workshop was launched by the President and Chief Executive of SIRIM Berhad, Ir. Hj. Yahaya Ahmad at a ceremony in SIRIM Berhad.  The Secretary General of WAITRO, Dr. Rohani Hashim, delivered the welcome remarks, while Director of ISESCO Regional Office in Tehran, Dr. Abbas Sadri, delivered his address on behalf of the Honorable Director General of ISESCO, H. E. Dr. Abdulaziz Othman Altwaijri.

 

There were eleven experts from six member countries of WAITRO and ISESCO who attended the workshop namely from National Research Centre (NRC), Egypt; Iranian Research Organization for S&T (IROST), Iran; TechnoPark, Dubai; Biotechnology and Nuclear Agriculture Research Institute (BNARI), Ghana; Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI), Taiwan and Caribbean Industrial Research Institute, (CARIRI), Trinidad and Tobago.

 

The aim of the Workshop was to promote the application of technology foresight tools in decision making and strategies development. Participants were given an overview of the technology foresight process and methodology and case studies on the technology foresight outputs were done. The Workshop had equipped the participants with valuable knowledge that will help participants plan, design and manage a foresight project in their organisations effectively and which is essential as preparation of the second phase of the Technology Foresight Programme.

 

WAITRO-ISESCO Technology Foresight (Phase II)
27-29 September, 2010
Hosted by Iranian Research Organization for Science and Technology (IROST), Tehran, Islamic Republic of Iran

 

Phase II of the WAITRO-ISESCO Technology Foresight Programme on Environmental Scanning was successfully held and organised in Tehran from September 27-29, 2010. The Programme was hosted by the Iranian Research Organization for Science and Technology (IROST) which was selected by WAITRO and ISESCO as the host for Phase II of the Programme. The Programme was co-organised with Indian Ocean Rime Association for Regional Co-operation (IOR-ARC).

More than 40 industrial technological research stakeholders such as biotechnology scientists, policy makers and members of the biotechnology industry in Tehran participated in the Environmental Scanning Workshop. Mr. Zulkefli Nani of WAITRO and Mr. Mehdi Rajabi of ISESCO were also present at the Workshop.;

Among the dignitaries present during the opening ceremony were H. E. Prof. Dr. Abbas Tayeb, Vice Minister and President of IROST, H. E. Dr. Mehdi Nejad, Vice Minister for Research and Technology, Mr. Entezeri, Vice President of IROST and Dr. Mahmoud Molanejad, Director for IOR-ARC and International Department of IROST.

The Workshop was facilitated by Ms. Goay Peck Sim and Ms. Rafidah Mokhdar, consultants from SIRIM Berhad, Malaysia.

 
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