Sep 26, 2012, 10:05 AM
Medical Research Council (MRC) Gambia has held its 63rd Gambia Government annual joint meeting clinical services seminar at its Fajara office.
The annual forum aimed at bringing government officials, particularly those from the health sector and the MRCG staff to discuss the success stories that MRCG has registered over the years and its challenges and carved the way forward.
Speaking at the meeting, Jame Gomez, Director of research and planning at the Ministry of Higher Education, Research Science and Technology said MOHERST is deeply impressed with health researcher’s regular sharing of information with the Gambian people.
According to him, the stakeholders from different parts of the Gambia are gathered for a common goal of fostering partnership for common development and promotion of research for effective policy decision making. He said by implication, this means, setting up vibrant research and knowledge sharing mechanism that would be underscored by the National Research policy document that is currently being developed.
He cited that research education is the foundation for national development in the long run, saying research is fundamental to innovation, knowledge production, and the international competitiveness of nations. “On behalf of the Minister, I would like to pledge MOHERST continued support for all programs related to research in the country.”
According to the National Research policy, a committee has been formed in which MRCG is a member. Recently, the policy road map and its budget was finalized, and the writing process will soon begin and the National Research Act drafting exercise will also be carried out simultaneously.