Malaysia and Mozambique boost cooperation in science and technology

5 May 2014

Malaysia plans to boost its cooperation with Mozambique in the areas of science and technology, as part of a memorandum of understanding signed in Kuala Lumpur in 2012, said the Malaysian Minister for Science, Technology and Innovation, Ewon Ebin, during a visit to Mozambique.

Through the memorandum, Mozambique and Malaysia agreed to raise funds to set up science, technology and innovation facilities for science and technology parks, universities and other research centres in the country.

During a meeting with his Mozambican counterpart, Luís Pelembe, Ebin agreed that the two countries would work together to design and execute the “Single identification number for the Mozambican citizen” project and to establish the Scientific and Industrial Research Council of Mozambique, as well as a two-way exchange between the Mozambique Innovator Programme and the Malaysia Innovation Foundation (YIM).

The general aim of the Innovation Programme is to identify Mozambican innovators across the country with a view to supporting them to transform ideas into prototypes or saleable products.

Another aim of cooperation is to design and execute a Mozambican human resources training programme for Science and Technology. The Mozambican government in March 2006 approved the strategic plan for this scheme, which is intended to train researchers to Masters and PhD level. (macauhub/MZ)