GULF STATES-EU: Bi-regional partnerships network

The six-member Gulf Cooperation Council, with Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, and the 22 member states of the European Union will establish a science and technology international cooperation network to promote bi-regional partnerships.

The Inconet-GCC three-year project is being set up and funded by European Commission under its Seventh Framework Programme. It was inaugurated at a two-day GCC-EU science and technology forum to be held in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates late last month.

The aim is to create a dialogue and action platform to identify common interests in research areas, set up science and technology priorities, support capacity building activities and enhance the interaction between different cooperation instruments of the council and EU member states.

To achieve that, an observatory of EU-GCC cooperation in S&T will be created, open networking platform for science policy dialogue and the future S&T will be set up as well as preparing a science and technology collaborative plan plus organising international conferences and dissemination events.

A high-quality Inconet-GCC consortium will be formed, including partners from distinguished institutions in Europe and the GCC region which are all leaders in their fields Abu Dhabi Men's Higher College of Technology and UAE-based Centre of Excellence for Applied Research and Training will coordinate the national contact points throughout the GCC, through which scientists and researchers can connect with their European counterparts and with European research and projects.