Dr Eugene Atiemo, Director of the Building and Road Research Institute (BRRI), of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), has underlined the need for Ghanaian entrepreneurs to invest in large scale production of research innovations developed by local research institutions.
He expressed concern about the situation where cost effective and quality building materials developed by the Institute were not being used extensively in the construction industry because of the inability of the private sector to invest in large scale commercial production to support the industry.
Dr Atiemo cited burnt bricks and the pozzolana cement and said their lack of commercial production and promotion gave cause to worry.
He was speaking at a day’s business seminar organized by the CSIR-Technology Development and Transfer Centre to bring researchers to interact with businesses.
It formed part of a two-and-a-half year project being implemented by the Council for Technical, Vocational Education and Training (COTVET) under the auspices of the Ministry of Environment Science Technology and innovation (MESTI) to bring research and innovation closer to the private sector.
The aim is to bridge the age-old gap that had existed between knowledge institutions and the sector by ensuring timely transfer of innovation to the market place to aid entrepreneurs to improve performance and growth.
Dr Atiemo said the knowledge and innovation developed by researchers should benefit the people and transform their lives.
He spoke of the determination of the BRRI to aggressively promote the use of its innovative products in the construction industry.
Dr G.O. Essegbey, the Project Coordinator, said it was driven by concerns over the gap between research and the private sector.
The seminar marks the start of the dialogue to bring researchers and entrepreneurs together to see how best they could relate for their mutual benefit.
He said that would help researchers to repackage their activities to meet the needs of the private businesses. GNA