Nigeria, Czech raise 25 companies with N9bn

Twenty five Nigerian companies that scaled evaluation process of the Presidential Implementation Committee (PIC) on Technology Transfer Between Nigeria and Czech Republic will receive $10.5 million.

PIC Chairman, Mohammed Dahiru, made the disclosure when he unveiled winners of the research and development (R&Ds) Project Proposals on Delta-2 programme to be funded in 2023 at the Technology Orientation Centre (TOC), NASENI Headquarters, Abuja, yesterday.

The Czech Republic government is supporting Nigeria technology based enterprises with $10 million (N4.5 billion equivalents) with also a match-up fund of same amount already approved by the Federal Government through the National Agency for Science and Engineering Infrastructure (NASENI).

In his opening remarks, the Co-Chair of PIC and Executive Vice Chairman/Chief Executive of NASENI, Mohammed Sani Haruna, who joined the event via zoom, said the evaluation of the proposal was carried out diligently by members of the assessment committee under  the auspices of the PIC that were selected from Nigeria Academy of Science, Nigeria Academy of Engineering (as research experts) and  the Nigeria-Czech Republic Trade and Investment Council  (as business experts).

According Haruna, “the process was well-articulated, transparent and well-coordinated by experts in both fields of research and business and ably assisted by the PIC secretariat.

“To the best of my knowledge, this is the first time in the history of Nigeria that private sector, academia and the public sector are collaborating to jointly submit research and development proposals with work-plans for commercialisation and mass production from the onset backed by business plans.”

The NASENI boss, however, affirmed that “this cooperation between Nigeria and the Czech Republic and the collaboration between NASENI and Technology Agency of the Czech Republic (TA CR) is teaching us methods of deploying applied research and the best option to forge marriage between private sector, academia and the government otherwise known as the triple helix.”

In May 2022, PIC announced the call for proposals for joint R&D Projects under the coordination of the TA CR and NASENI for the Delta-2 Programme. Following the call, 285 proposals were received from which 117 were admitted into the evaluation and scoring process by the coordinating committee based on the eligibility criteria, which included usefulness of the project and its contribution to fulfilling the goals of the three priority areas (agriculture and food technology, mining and industrial development and general manufacturing for  Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) development).

Out of the 117, the maximum number of projects fundable under the current call for proposals under the Nigerian-Czech joint call were 25 while five proposals are on the waiting list.

The PIC on technology transfer/information exchange between Nigeria and Czech Republic on Delta-2 Programme is tasked with the sole objective of implementing that activities of an agreement signed between Nigeria, represented by NASENI and the Czech Republic, represented by TA CR.

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