Sep 22, 2020, 12:12 PM
A local news outlet – Emedia in Senegal has described it “quite worrying” the confrontations at the Gambia-Senegal border in recent times.
Pierre Gomez was speaking on Wednesday at a two-day seminar on intellectual property held at Sir Dawda Kairaba Jawara International Conference Centre.
“My visit to up-country recently was to inspect TVET institutions in which I was amazed by the number of innovations and inventions being developed by students and teachers. And if these are protected it can generate a lot to the country’s economy,” he said.
The Higher Education minister said in the MoHERST Strategic Plan (2021 – 2025), they encourage public institutions benefiting from public funds or subvention, to nurture activities that provide innovations and technical solutions to problems faced by our societies.
“This we believe can rely heavily on the benefits of the IP regime to generate a lot of income from patent licensing of products and processes. I further challenge the local institutions, especially those under my purview to promote and uphold IPR, especially as it relates to plagiarism, online training material content development, software development, nurturing the patent system and its benefits, as well as institutionalize Intellectual Property Policies in line with the National Intellectual Property and Policy and Strategy (NIPSS) of The Gambia."
This, he said, would help create an enabling IP environment that fits effectively within the wider innovation ecosystem that promotes innovation and intellectual property rights protection to growth and development.
Minister Gomez reminded that the establishment of the University of Science Engineering and Technology (USET) and Regional TVET Centers across the country have been anchored on the primary objective of developing the skills for middle-level learners who in turn will be innovators and entrepreneurs that bring about solutions that will address societal challenges as well as meet the emerging trends in technological development.
John Charles Njie, the chairman of Tango has called on the country’s lawmakers to help the executive to realise one of their key campaign promises by enacting the Access to Information Bill.
The Finance and Public Accounts Committee (FPAC) of the National Assembly on Saturday 23 October 2021, revealed that it has deducted a sum of D77,950,000 from the Estimates Revenue and Expenditure for the fiscal year tabled by the minister of Finance and Economic Affairs Mambury Njie on Monday 18 October 2021.