WAITRO General Assembly and Biennial Summit to be held on November 14-15 in South Africa

HRH Princess Sumaya bint El Hassan, WAITRO President

Inspired by SDG 17: “Partnerships for the Goals”, the World Association of Industrial and Technological Research Organizations (WAITRO) Summit 2022 will take place on November 14th and 15th in Cape Town, South Africa. This worldwide gathering of researchers and Innovation event brings together key research and innovation stakeholders from around the world.

According to a statement by HRH Princess Sumaya bint El Hassan, WAITRO President, the face-to-face Summit provides opportunities for networking, learning, and initiating new collaborations to achieve the SDGs. It is also a space to celebrate and recognize the impact achieved by researchers and innovators from WAITRO member organisations.

WAITRO members are invited to showcase their achievements toward the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) during the Summit. The WAITRO Secretariat in partnership with the German African Innovation Incentive Award (GAIIA)  will award selected innovative projects with USD$ 3,000 each during the closing ceremony of the event.

On November 16th, the last day of the Summit 2022, the WAITRO Secretariat, the Executive Board and official delegates from each WAITRO member organisation will meet for the 26th General Assembly to discuss the future of the association and work together on new collaboration forms to create lasting ties between members and partners.

Full members in good standing will be eligible to elect a new WAITRO Executive Board for the term 2023/24 consisting of: the President, First Vice-President, Second Vice-President and Five Regional Representatives (Africa, MENA, Europe, Asia & the Pacific, Latin America & the Caribbean).

If one would like to nominate a candidate for election, they can send an application directly to the Secretary General. Additionally, Self-nomination is acceptable and incumbents are eligible for re-nomination but a maximum of two consecutive terms is allowed in a Board position. The submission deadline is set for 16 September 2022.

Founded in 1970 under the auspices of the United Nations, WAITRO has more than 130 members worldwide, bringing together international stakeholders including. RTOs, research universities, start-ups, NGOs and SMEs with a common goal of contributing to the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

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Article by Jedidah Mwangi