Wednesday, 21 September 2016

CARIRI and Engineering Institute sign MOU

l-r: Chief Executive Officer of CARIRI, Mr Liaquat Ali Shah and Manager of the Engineering Institute of the University of the West Indies, Professor Clement Imbert
On Wednesday 3rd August, 2016, CARIRI and the Engineering Institute of The University of the West Indies signed an historic Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) which will see greater collaboration between the two institutions.  The general intent of both parties is to cooperate in the areas of Research, Development and Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Development and Commercialisation. 

The primary objective of this MOU will be a focus on design, manufacture, calibration and marketing of electronic/precision engineered products/instruments and the establishment of joint training and entrepreneurship development initiatives under this partnership. 

Signing the MOU on behalf of the Engineering Institute was the Manager, Professor Clement Imbert and Chief Executive Officer Mr Liaquat Ali Shah represented CARIRI.  Both men accepted the new challenges that lay before both organizations but were looking forward to the collaborative efforts that will see real benefit to Trinidad and Tobago and the region. 

Both CARIRI and the Engineering Institute have highly trained staff and the latest technological instruments which will see more accurate inventions and ideas coming to the forefront as the partnership takes effect.

CARIRI has established an Idea Advisory Service (IAS) over the last year and this is a free service offered to the general public and it allows people to come in with an idea and have it put through a series of tests to determine if it is commercially viable.  The IAS has been gaining traction over the last few months and this new MOU with the Engineering Institute fits in with CARIRI’s overall thrust of highlighting creativity being implemented (innovation) in the diversification of the economy. 

For over 40 years, CARIRI’s multimillion dollar, modern laboratories with - state-of-the-art equipment - together with our highly trained specialist professionals, technologists, technicians, consultants and researchers have been helping Caribbean industries, businesses and small entrepreneurs grow, while keeping the environment safe. CARIRI is not only about general research rather it is about applied research and with the signing of this new MOU, the possibilities for application are endless.  

Signing of the MOU

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