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Dr Abdul Rahman Ilyas from India appointed Advisor to ASRT President, Government of Egypt for Technology Innovations and Collaborations

Starting from the left Dr. Amr Faroukh Abdelkhalik, Vice President; Dr. Mahmoud Sakr, President; Dr. Abdul Rahman Ilyas, Advisor to the President, Government of Egypt.

New Delhi, (India), March 06: India is a growing economy and Egypt is at a stage of taking off in the Middle East and Africa region. The stark similarities between Egypt & India make them natural partners and the current leadership alignment states the facts itself that India is considering Egypt an important partner. HE President Abdul Fateh SiSi being made the State Guest for India’s Republic Day on January 26th, 2023 speaks to the seriousness of both countries. ASRT has been mapping technology gaps and needs of Egypt and finding the most valuable solutions from India for the past couple of years and a few strategic areas have already been lined up.  The whole objective is to avoid ‘re-inventing the wheel’ and take off from lessons and practices learned by India in the past two decades and find suitability to the Egyptian context and deploy them strategically. Dr. Amr Faroukh Abdelkhaik, Vice President, ASRT under the leadership of Dr. Mahmoud Sakr, President of ASRT has been working through Dr. Abdul Rahman Ilyas, a renowned thought leader from the Development Sector from India in mapping the right partners, companies and models of replicable value that fit well to the Egyptian context. It is now felt that this effort needs to be given an institutional face to realize impactfully by creating ‘Egyptian Indian Center for Technology Transfer & Marketing’ under the broad theme of the 2023 Egypt India Year of Science.

The Academy of Scientific Research & Technology (ASRT), Arab Republic of Egypt was established in 1971 by Presidential Decree No.2405 as the national authority responsible for science and technology in Egypt and acts as the National Think Tank for the Country. ASRT having seen the potential for collaboration with INDIA and the relevance of Egypt’s current transition to India’s growth story, efforts have been made for the past 1 year to identify the right technologies and practices that are replicable in the Egyptian context. What followed was the realization of ‘National Wheat Day’ that was organized at St.Regis Hotel, New Cairo from 13th to 14th February 2023 with thumping success, which resulted in pilot projects that will be implemented this year under the patronage of ASRT. 

“Egypt  & India share a lot in common since ancient times be it culture or science, while India is 1.4 Billion People, Egypt is 100 Million but both countries have a young populations who will be shaping respective countries. ASRT has pledged to invest in this regard and draw lessons from India that can accelerate Egypt’s growth through a strategic approach”……says Dr.Mahmoud Sakr, President of ASRT. 

Dr.Amr Faroukh Abdelkhalik, Vice President ASRT says ‘We are pleased to announce the rolling out of Pilot Projects which have been proposed by Indian partners and we continue this effort to all the areas of strategic importance 

Currently, more than 10 Indian partners are discussing with ASRT to present their technologies to Egypt and ASRT is piloting them to test the suitability some of them are from Commodity Research, Price Risk Management, Traceability, Marketplace Intelligence Wheat alternatives and sustainability. TraceX an emerging startup from India has been selected to do a project on wheat traceability, ASRT is discussing with Indian Council for Agricultural Research (ICAR) to replicate the NutriHub model in Egypt; SourceTrace from the USA has been selected to deploy its technology applicability to Fruits & Vegetable Exports Value Chain and other partner discussions are in progress to create Market Places for Commodities and Global Crop Specific Conferences. ASRT is thankful to International Food Policy Research Insititute (IFPRI) a CGIAR Center and USAID for supporting its efforts currently a proposal is being discussed to create B2B events between India & Egypt and help emerging and interested Indian Companies and Start-Ups to develop JVs in Egypt and tap into the markets of the Middle East and Africa.

In this background ASRT now envisages creating a vehicle that will formally address these partnerships collectively under ‘The Egyptian Indian Center for Technology Transfer & Marketing’ that will be housed at ASRT Head Quarters with an anchored representation by Dr. Abdul Rahman Ilyas, a renowned Thought Leader and Research Management and Development Expert with 25+ years of global leadership experience and based out of Hyderabad India.

The appointment of Dr.Abdul Rahman Ilyas as Advisor to the President, ASRT will bring much-needed leadership to the strategic initiative. The advisor will work on a mission mode to identify technologies and innovations and facilitate their entry into Egypt. The identified companies and organizations will be supported in their technology commercialization. 

”We will develop a strong bridge between India and Egypt and help Indian SMEs and Start-Up scale out to Egypt with ASRT support and also establish strong collaboration with state governments and apex agencies for outbound and inbound partnerships” said Dr. Abdul Rahman Ilyas who can be reached at mobile +91 8688859628, email – arilyas.mailbox@gmail.com.  ASRT with its Head Quarters at 101 Kasr Al-Aini St, Cairo 11516, Egypt, Tel : (+202) 27921285 – 27921286, Fax: (+202) 27921270, Email: asrt@asrt.sci.eg

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