The meeting aimed to strengthen the synergy between the industry, academia and government entities through the focal point engagements and open dialogue discussions.
“This meeting aims to review the progress made thus far by all stakeholders, in reference to Oman Energy Protocol recommendations, and introduce Ejaad new services and growth plans. This meeting aimed to make the stakeholders aware of how Ejaad is playing a role to increase Oman’s ranking with respect to the Global Innovation Index (GII),” said Dr Abdullah al Abri, Ejaad director.
The meeting discussed Ejaad’s new services and how Ejaad can leverage Oman’s ranking on the GII. Dr Hilal Ali al Hinai, secretary general of TRC, said, “Oman Industry-Academia R&D Protocol has been ratified by some 40 stakeholders and Ejaad was subsequently formed as a vehicle to walk the ‘protocol’ talk. Considering the size, scale, and complexity of the energy sector in Oman, this was a great achievement.
“In its first year of operation, Ejaad has received more than 20 industrial challenges that span across oil and gas, water, renewables, energy management and environment. The local masterminds in academia have posted over 50 expressions of interest to these challenges. Five joint industry-academia projects were signed and more are under way.”
According to Dr Sulaiman al Toobi, senior advisor of Ejaad, Ejaad team has visited a number of world examples to see how some of the best R&D ecosystems started.