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MENAFN Press - 08/12/2013

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(MENAFN Press) Knowledge Oasis Muscat (KOM) in co-operation with the International Association of Science Parks and Areas of Innovation (IASP) are pleased to announce Innovation Park Muscat (IPM) - a Research Council (TRC) initiative - as the Silver Sponsor of the IASP-Asian Divisions Workshop scheduled to be held 11 - 12 December 2013 at the Grand Hyatt Muscat under the theme "Propelling the STP impulse".

With emerging markets playing an increasingly important economic role, one of the innovative ways they are creating even more influence is through science and technology parks. It's pioneering centres like IPM that help create thousands of direct and indirect jobs, contribute to capacity building, stimulate growth and interest in innovation and entrepreneurship and make Oman a more competitive nation," remarked Dr Abdulbaqi Al Khabouri, IPM Director.

IPM has been created by TRC to nurture and develop research talent in order to power innovation and create economic benefits for Oman. The Park's mission is to enhance Oman's entrepreneurial wealth by supporting domestic-based innovation and research-driven companies working in renewable energy, healthcare, food, biotechnology, water and environmental research.

Since its launch in 2005, TRC has supported a strategic approach to science, technology, innovation and research. Delivered by highly-trained and skilled personnel, TRC-funded research is produces significant social and economic benefits to Oman.

"TRC aligns research with national priorities, builds research capacity for the future, links academia with industry, develops international research collaboration, and identifies and removes research hurdles. It's through this activity, and in partnership with stakeholders, that TRC is helping secure Oman's place as a competitive and dynamic knowledge-based economy," commented Dr Al Khabouri.

The IASP-Asian Divisions Workshop will bring together entrepreneurs, academics, civil servants and business representatives to debate Science and Technology Parks (STPs).

The Workshop is expected to increase collaboration between various regional STPs, provide an insight into the challenges facing STPs worldwide, raise awareness and carry out prompt action in building and sustaining infrastructure in the long-term to attain efficient management of STPs at the regional level.

For more information please contact Mr. Zaheer Ahmed, Sr. Manager, OITE Conferences at 968 9630 1981 / zaheer@oite.com

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