DHAKA, May 17, 2017 (BSS) - The fourth high council meeting of D-8 Technology Transfer and Exchange Network(D-8 TTEN) began in the city today aiming to promote science and technology through sharing knowledge and views among the members counties.
Science and Technology Minister Architect Yafes Osman formally inaugurated the three-day meeting as the chief guest at a function in a city hotel. Bangladesh Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (BCSIR) is hosting the meeting.
Science and Technology Secretary Md Anwar Hossain, Director (administrative, legal and internal issues) of D-8 Organisation for Economic Cooperation Nasir Aminu and representatives of different member countries, among others, addressed the meeting with BCSIR Chairman Md Farque Ahmed in the chair.
"The TTEN is one of the most significant initiatives of D-8," Yafes said, adding that the important goals of TTEN are to develop and strengthen D-8 technologies network for supporting technological cooperation among the member countries.
To spearhead the economic agenda, he said, Technology Transfer and Exchanged Network (TTEN) was established to assist transfer as well as exchange of technology among D-8 member countries.
Yafes said D-8 has an advantage for promoting trade as it has a market representing a population of 930 million.
"We need to develop ideas that transform the challenges of the 21st century into opportunities to create values for business and society. D-8 countries must promote technical cooperation among patents and industrial property offices and must be sensitized to the effect of legislation relating to the intellectual property rights on international trade," he added.
Bangladesh has expertise on various science and technology such as in agriculture, manufacturing, construction and in services, the minister said.
"We also focus on development of biotechnology, monotechnology, cyber security, information and communication technology, forensic technology, halal standards and various areas of science and technologies that can generate growth of economy," he added.
Nasir Aminu said, "All important areas of science and technology will be discussed during different sessions at the fourth high council meeting of the D-8 TTEN to boost economic growth of member countries."
Some important issues have been selected to be discussed during the meeting to make TTEN a strong network for D-8 countries. The new version of D-8 TTEN web-portal is designed and development phases are planned to make available updated scientific and technological innovations, the D-8 sources said.
Other key initiatives including developing formal communication system among relevant organisations of D-8 member countries are expected to be taken in the meeting.
Other speakers mentioned that Bangladesh has huge potentiality of promoting pharmaceutical sector as the country already earning foreign currency by exporting different kinds of drugs. Both technological and business side should be discussed to produce valuable outcomes for furthering progress of pharmaceutical sectors of D-8 countries, they added.
D-8 member countries are Bangladesh, Egypt, Indonesia, Iran, Malaysia, Nigeria, Pakistan and Turkey.
Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)