CRAN and NCRST sign Memorandum of Understanding
25 Jan 2016
The Communications Regulatory Authority of Namibia (CRAN) and the National Commission for Research, Science and Technology (NCRST) today signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) intended to promote applied research and capacity development on the socio-economic impact (and assess capacity) of the usage of information and communication technology in Namibia.
“The MOU will promote applied research on and create awarness of cyber security threats and further seek to develop globally-relevant strategies that would asssit to secure the safety of users of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT)“, stated Festus K. Mbandeka Chief Executive Officer of CRAN.
Mbandeka further added that CRAN shall undertake to provide resources to the Research, Science and Technology Fund for joint funding of planned collaborative efforts; and provide topics of research within the ICT sector that are in line with the objectives of the Research, Science and Technology Fund for possible funding.
Speaking at the signing ceremony, Dr. Eino Mvula, Chief Executive Officer of NCRST said “the partnership between CRAN and NCRST would further stimulate the growth and development of applied research and application on sectoral information systems and promote green ICT practices with specific focus on e-waste”.
Dr. Mvula added “the NCRST shall undertake to provide resources through the Research, Science and Technology Fund for joint funding of planned collaborative efforts; manage the research and development grant in line with Grant Management rules and guidelines of the Research, Science and Technology Fund; and provide technical and financial reports to CRAN”.
The two entities will undertake to establish a joint technical committee to discuss and monitor implementation of the MOU which will remain in force for a period of three (3) years after which it shall be automatically extended for further periods of three (3) years.