CSIR-INSTI seeks partnerships to commercialise technological innovations

By Lydia
Kukua Asamoah, GNA

Accra, Sept. 20, GNA – The Institute for
Scientific and Technological Information of the Council for Scientific and
Industrial Research (CSIR-INSTI) is seeking partnership with other institutions
to adopt and commercialise some of its technological innovations.

It says such partnerships should translate
into managing the innovations to boost socio-economic development.

“We are looking for people who would want to
come pick up the research products and prototypes and commercialise them. Then
some royalties could probably be paid to CSIR,” Mr Michael Wilson, the Chief
Technician at the Electronics and Communications Division of INSTI, has said.

Mr Wilson said this in an interview with the
Ghana News Agency on the side-lines of the INSTI Open Day on Thursday as part
of activities marking the 60th Anniversary celebrations of the CSIR.

It was on the theme: “Leveraging on Technology
for Effective Scientific Research”.

He said most of the technological apps
developed by INSTI were still being kept under cover.

Finances and strategic partnerships were,
therefore, needed to ensure the operationalisation of such innovation to
benefit the people, he said.

Mr Wilson said: “It is proper that we build
local solutions in this information age, as information has become the most
precious commodity. If we want to make money as a nation then we need to gather
our own information and use it.”

“If we have our own apps then they can gather
information, which will make decision-making easy for a smarter Ghana”.

Mr Wilson said solutions provided by google
and Uber among others build on the taste of foreign products adding that INSTI
was in to work to provide technology for industry and boost electronics and
communications solution for Ghana.

He indicated that officials were working hard
to come out with more innovations, in addition to their core mandate of
processing, repacking and disseminating scientific and technological
information to research scientists and the general public.

“The CSIR-INSTI is bracing itself to move away
from its traditional printing and publishing to digitisation through the
translation of research papers and science journals into electronic versions,
and possibly commercialise it to our clients,” he said. 

The Institute had already developed the
Tourism and the Kwanso mobile application apps that were giving directions and
boosting tourism.

The Kwanso app displays traffic conditions in
real time on major roads and highways within Accra.

The Tourism app provide up-to-date information
on Ghana’s tourism attractions sites.

Mrs Lucy Dzandu, the Acting Director of
CSIR-INSTI, said the changing trends in technology had made INSTI to diversify
its operations and looking into other areas such as electronics, communications
and fluid science.

“Through the 60th Anniversary
celebrations, all efforts are being made to ensure that CSIR and its 13
Institutes are made visible to the entire country and even beyond.

 “Our
activities as an institute will contribute tremendously to national development
and help to achieve the Ghana beyond Aid agenda,” she noted.

The theme for the celebration is “CSIR-60
Years of Research with Impact for Sustainable Development.”

GNA

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