CSIR Calls On Enterprenuers To Promote Local Products

Dr.Abdulai Baba Salifu,CSIR Director GeneralThe Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), Ghana, has called on private entrepreneurs to promote products developed by local research institutes to improve the fortunes of local products.

According to the Council, it had over the past 56 years, developed a number of technologies and services which had not been transferred to the private sector, all because of lack of advertisements on the part of the private entrepreneurs.

Some of the products include pozzolana cement and burnt bricks for use in the building industry.

Dr. Eugene Atiemo, Director of the Building and Road Research Institute (BRRI) of the CSIR, who made the call, explained that the Council was obliged to develop the product/technology but the promotion or advertisement was the responsibility of the entrepreneurs to ensure their marketability.

He was speaking at the first Business Forum organised by the CSIR to climax a three- day sensitization seminar on Technology Development and Transfer for both existing and prospective entrepreneurs of CSIR’s products and services here, at the week-end.

About 50 entrepreneurs selected from the Ashanti, Brong-Ahafo, Central and Greater Accra Regions participated in the forum aimed at bridging the gap between Ghana’s research system and the private sector through the implementation of an improved technology development and transfer system.

Such a bridge, Dr Atiemo said would also help the CSIR to engage with the private sector in the conceptualization and the generation of the innovations to enhance transfer and its application in the private sector.

The forum formed part of a 500,000- dollar three- year project under the auspices of CSIR and four other institutions including Ghana Technology University, to develop and implement a new technology transfer system linked to existing structures that ensure the effective development and transfer of innovations to the private sector.

Stressing the importance of national promotion of technologies developed by the research institutes, Dr Atiemo said ‘there is cash in pozzolana cement and burnt bricks of which entrepreneurs should take advantage to line their pockets’’.

Mrs Josephine Okutu, a marketing consultant on the project, that a major concern among the scientific research and development sector had been the gap between research institutions and private sector.

She, therefore, urged the private sector to partner effectively with the CSIR to become abreast of new technologies and the course to promote them.  from kingsley E. hope, kumasi


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