Cabinet approves MoA on establishment of BIMSTEC Technology Transfer Centre in Colombo


New Delhi, June 14 : The Union Cabinet on Tuesday approved Memorandum of Association (MoA) by India for establishment of BIMSTEC Technology Transfer Centre in Sri Lankan capital Colombo. The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has approved a MoA by India for establishment of Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC) Technology Transfer Facility (TTF) was signed by the member countries at the 5th BIMSTEC Summit held at Colombo on March 30. The main objectives of the BIMSTEC ATTF are to coordinate, facilitate and strengthen cooperation in technology transfer among the BIMSTEC Member States by promoting the transfer of technologies, sharing of experiences and capacity building. The TTF shall facilitate transfer of technologies among the BIMSTEC Member States, amongst other things, in the following priority areas biotechnology, nano-technology, Information and Communication Technology, space technology applications, agricultural technology, food processing technology, pharmaceutical technology automation, new and renewable energy technology automation, new and renewable energy technology, oceanography, nuclear technology applications, e-waste and solid waste management technology, health technologies, technologies pertinent to disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation. The TTF shall have a Governing Board and the overall control of activities of the TTF shall be vested in the Governing Board. The Governing Board shall consist of one nominee from each Member State. The expected outcomes of the BIMSTEC TTF are databank of technologies available in BIMSTEC countries, repository of information on good practices in the areas of technology transfer management, standards, accreditation, metrology, testing and calibration facilities, capacity building, sharing of experiences and good practices in development, and transfer and use of technologies among BIMSTEC countries. /IANS


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