Strengthening partnerships and building cooperation: NEPAD SANBio visits Mauritius

SANBio secretariat and representatives from the Mauritius Research Council (MRC)

It is said; networking is an essential part of building synergies and establishing effective partnerships. This is true for the New Partnership for Africa’s Development’s Southern African Network for Bioscience (NEPAD SANBio) which has been engaging with Southern African Development Community (SADC) member states to share the network’s Business Plan 2013-18 and identify potential strategic partners in the southern African region. These efforts are aimed at mobilizing resources and identifying areas for potential partnership and cooperation.

The NEPAD SANBio Secretariat visited Mauritius between the 12th and 17th of January, 2015 and was hosted by the Mauritius Research Council. They used the time to engage with representatives from numerous organisations and government including: the Mauritius Research Council, University of Mauritius, University of Technology Mauritius, Victoria Hospital Laboratories, the Ministries of Foreign Affairs and Education, the European Union Secretariat, as well as paid a visit to the Mauritius Herbarium, Mauritius Sugar Industry Research Institute (MSIRI), the Mauritius Oceanography Institute and Food and Agricultural Research and Extension Institute (FAREI). NEPAD SANBio also visited the Bioinformatics Node which is currently hosted by the University of Mauritius.

All stakeholders showed commitment to contribute towards and implement the recommendations presented in the Science, Technology and Innovation Strategy for Africa (STISA 2024). This commitment is vital if Africa is to address key issues in human health, nutrition, agriculture, and the environment.

By Gwadamirai Majange