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WAITRO appoints TechnoPark as Regional Focal Point for Middle East North Africa (MENA) Region.

Summary: TechnoPark, the science and technology facilitator of Economics Zones World today announced that the World Association of Industrial and Technological Research Organizations (WAITRO) Executive Committee has unanimously chosen TechnoPark to serve as the organizationCOs Regional Focal Point (RFP) for the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Region from July 2008 to June 2010.

TechnoPark, the science and technology facilitator of Economics Zones World today announced that the World Association of Industrial and Technological Research Organizations (WAITRO) Executive Committee has unanimously chosen TechnoPark to serve as the organizationCOs Regional Focal Point (RFP) for the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Region from July 2008 to June 2010.

To corroborate the new appointment of TechnoPark as the Middle Eastern RFP, representatives from TechnoPark have been invited to WAITROCOs 61st Executive Committee (EXCOM) and RFP Meeting, WAITRO Biennial Congress and WAITRO General Assembly to be held in Kuala Lumpur from 11-14 August 2008. Officials from TechnoPark will present a strategic Work Plan for the Middle East and Africa Region at the EXCOM and RFP meeting.

This new development comes close on the heels of a recent agreement formed between both parties. Earlier this year, TechnoPark signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with WAITRO, on the establishment of a structured framework for close interaction and initiatives with WAITRO member organizations in a broad spectrum of industry-oriented services and projects.

In its role as MENA Regional Focal Point, TechnoParkCOs main responsibilities will be to determine the regionCOs needs and initiate strategies and plans to make it a more technology focused area.

Mr. Hamad Al Hashemi, Managing Director, TechnoPark stated: C[pounds sterling]We are very pleased to be appointed WAITROCOs regional focal point for the MENA region. In the last year, we have had the opportunity to work closely with WAITRO and this latest development further fortifies our burgeoning partnership. In our capacity as the RFP for this region, we hope to encourage, facilitate, and open channels for applicationCooriented scientific research, building sustainable local capacity and ultimately furthering economic growth within the region.C[yen]

Mr. Al Hashemi added: C[pounds sterling]Our aim is to develop TechnoPark not only as the core scientific business incubator of the entire region but also a vital centre that can be relied on for its cutting-edge R&D services that promote long-term sustainable development in neighbouring countries. C[yen]

Dr. Dieter Fuchs, President and Chairman of WAITRO, who signed an individual Memorandum of Understanding with TechnoPark, on behalf of Fraunhofer Middle East says that C[pounds sterling]TechnoPark intends to contract out services within individual project arrangements with strong WAITRO members, and sees this partnership as a long-term strategic alliance. This also provides an opportunity to others members, mainly within the MENA Region to get involved and play an important role in supplementing their businesses by sustainable local capacity building, educational and research and technology oriented measures for the benefit of the partners.C[yen]

Other regional focal points for WAITRO are the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), South AfricaCo for the African region; Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft, GermanyCo for the European region; Brazilian Association of Technological Research Institutions (ABIPTI) Co for the Latin America & the Caribbean (LAC) region and The Indonesian Institute of Science (UPI) Co for the Asia Pacific region.

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