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Project for setting the National Policy for Science, Technology, and Innovation in Syria

The Higher Commission for Scientific Research (HCSR) continued its project “Setting the national policy for science, technology, and innovation in Syria”, and promoted the Scientific Research Information System that it established on its website.

With a resolution of the prime minister, a “Scientific, advisory, specialized committee in the industry sector” was established under the umbrella of HCSR, and AFEI General secretary is participating as a representative of the business sector. In summary, the committee is a platform for coordination amongst HCSR and represented institutions which will contribute in examining issues and topics related to the industry sector from a research and technology perspective, as well as in following up the implementation of project resolutions related to the industry sector.

Related links:

HCSR website
Scientific Research Information System website
Activities of this project in 2011

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National Apprenticeship Committee meeting

AFEI members from Syria participated -as representatives of the business sector- in the meeting of National Apprenticeship Committee that was dedicated to discuss the necessary amendments on the proposed decree to establish the “National Commission for TVET” from the perspective of employers so that it allows the commission to work on making the TVET system more flexible and responsive to developments in the LM.

Worth noting that the proposal to establish a commission followed years of cooperation between the education and business sectors which enabled partners to get introduced to experiences of other developed countries through the Apprenticeship Project (implemented by ETF) and the Modernization of VET System in Syria Program (proposed 3 scenarios for the commission). So; experience in public-private partnership was built on pilot level before setting the legal and administrative framework needed to effectively serve that partnership.

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Launching LM Report 2010-2011 in Syria

AFEI representatives participated in the launching event of the first LM report in Syria which presented data analysis of the supply and demand sides of LM for 2009-2010 and reflected the labor force situation and LM changes. Such information supports decision making at different institutions (especially those concerned with the human resources), setting economic and social (micro/macro) policies, as well as decision making on the implementation level.

This study was based on 2 surveys implemented by the Ministry of Social Affairs and Labor (MOSAL) in cooperation with the Central Bureau of Statistics within the framework of the UNDP project “Establishment of a Database for a Comprehensive Labor and Employment Policy in Syria “.

Results showed challenges of priority to be addressed in governmental measures and plans, namely:

1)    Constant pressure on the LM and increasing number of the entrants (due to high population growth).

2)    Increase in dependency rate.

3)    Low economic participation of women.

4)    Continuous mismatch between the output of the education system and the LM needs.

Related links:

United Nations Development Program in Syria

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WS AgendaPresentation

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Meeting of Syrian BOD members

In their meeting, members of the board of AFEI from Syria exchanged on their impressions from their meetings with the ministers of finance and economy regarding the public sector position on involving the private sector in the governmental programs.

The meeting also tackled the strategy of supporting entrepreneurs both before they start the business- through the partnership in vocational education & training, and after graduation -through the initiative of Syrian Social Society for Youth to establish an incubator for youth.

Syrian-Egyptian Businessmen Council Forum

Syrian-Egyptian Businessmen Council Forum

The first meeting of the Syrian-Egyptian Business Council assembled nearly 200 businessmen from both countries.

Upon exchanging transparently about the difficulties that are hindering the development of economic relations between the two countries, ministers and officials confirmed the orientation towards forming an appropriate climate for increasing the industrial and trade cooperation.

It was agreed to accept certificates of conformity and standards in both countries and to revise customs procedures in order to facilitate the inter-trade.

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Meeting of Syrian BOD members

The members considered their involvement as employers in various initiatives and programs on the national and int’l levels, covering the following:

–    Cooperation in preparing the “Torino Process” report implemented by ETF within the EU Neighborhood Policy.

–  Cooperation with HCSR in Syria in developing and discussing the report submitted by the Industry Sector Committee, and proposing mechanisms for creating links between the scientific research and industry.

–   On-going discussions between AFEI, SEBC, and the SMEs Directorate at MOET on partnership of the three entities to establish the Youth Incubator within the framework of the SMEs strategy

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Evaluation of SMEs Support Program (SSP) in Syria

As a representative of the business sector, AFEI General Secretary attended the meeting that was organized by the EU Delegation with the objective to assess the accomplishments of the SMEs Support Program (SSP) financed by the EU.

The representative of  the EC pointed out that the objective of this meeting and subsequent meetings is to work on a final evaluation of the SSP which finished its activities mid 2010, and that the evaluation is using multiple criteria based on the inception report, the annual work reports, and the feedback from the private sector about accomplishments. He asserted that the aim is to identify the program’s weaknesses in order to avoid them in the next phase.

Representative of the Ministry of Economy and Trade summarized the accomplishments of the program in the field of supporting the business sector (incubation) and supporting the ministry itself on policies/strategies level (awareness raising, and adopting a national definition of SMEs).

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Project for setting the National Policy for Science, Technology, and Innovation in Syria

Within the project of Higher Commission for Scientific Research (HCSR) “Setting the national policy for science, technology, and innovation in Syria”, the industry sector committee continued its activities and discussed its report titled “Analysis of the status-quo of the industry sector in Syria and future trends” in a workshop on March 2011 which was attended by the AFEI General Secretary and the consultant of AFEI Damascus Office.

The next step in the project was the formation of a work team for “Mechanisms of linking scientific research institutions with the industry and service sectors” with a resolution of the prime minister. The team assignment was to describe the current situation and relations between research institutions and manufacturing and service institutions, then to define requirements for coordination and linking these institutions and other related institutions. AFEI General Secretary is a member in the work team as a representative of the business sector, and he offered two contributions: a “proposed mechanism for enhancing the linkages between industry and scientific research”, and “Ideas for activating the cooperation between industry and scientific institutions “.

HCSR continued the project activities with the sectoral committees and work teams, and established an information system for scientific research on its website with the objective of linking scientific research institutions, and strengthen the links and channels between researchers.

Related links:

HCSR website
Scientific Research Information System website
Activities of this project in 2010
Activities of this project in 2012

Training for Trainers Workshop on Effective Management of Intellectual Property Assets for SMEs

The workshop was organized within the framework of cooperation between the Ministry of Economy and Trade in Syria and the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) with the objective to transfer knowledge and basic skills to trainers in order to provide primary assistance to employers and SMEs which would contribute to enhancing its competitiveness in the local and int’l markets.

AFEI coordinated with the Syrian members in nominating representatives of their companies who would become core trainers.

Related links:

World Intellectual Property Organization
Syrian Patent Office
New law for patents in Syria