MARCH 2019 – The 82nd WAITRO Executive Board Meeting took place from March 12th to 14th in Costa Rica. Regional support to host the three-day-event was provided by the National Center for High Technology (CeNAT) and the University of Costa Rica (UCR).
New Regional Focal Points were elected: RMRDC from Nigeria for Sub-Sahara Africa, CTA from Colombia for Latin America and the Caribbean, TISTR from Thailand for Asia and the Pacific and ARC from Egypt for the Middle East and North Africa. The Regional Focal Points are active member organizations of WAITRO in each of the five regions. Each RFP acts as a liaison office to support the WAITRO Secretariat and to promote WAITRO & SAIRA in the respective regions.
WAITRO’s Open Innovation Hub SAIRA was presented at the University of Costa Rica to an audience of University students and staff, as well as Representatives from the GIZ (German Corporation for International Cooperation), the Fundación de Costa Rica para la Innovación and the German-Costa Rican Chamber of Commerce.
As part of the change of the Secretariat and the new strategic alignment of WAITRO, it was decided to waive the 2019 Membership fees. If you want to become a WAITRO member, joining is free in 2019!