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7th Cairo International Innovation Expo

7th Cairo International Innovation Expo

The 7th Cairo International Innovation Exhibition was held in Egypt, from 13 to 14 February. Portugal was the guest country and FCT coordinated national participation and the dynamisation of the pavilion that represented our country.

The President of FCT, Madalena Alves, was part of the Portuguese delegation headed by the Minister of Science, Technology and Higher Education, Elvira Fortunato, who gave a speech at the event's opening ceremony.

As part of this initiative, the FCT signed a memorandum of understanding with Egypt's Science and Technology Development Fund (STDF). Other memorandum of understanding will also be signed between scientific institutions in Portugal and Egypt, aimed at strengthening academic and scientific mobility between the two countries, as well as boosting scientific research projects in areas such as energy, agriculture, digitalisation, among others, and the development of science diplomacy initiatives. FCT, the Lisbon Academy of Sciences, the National Innovation Agency and Ciência Viva are among the national organisations that will sign some of these protocols.

The Cairo International Innovation Exhibition brought together scientists, inventors, startups, and funding organisations from all over the world to showcase and share their experiences, innovations, ideas, and cultural interrelationship. It is one of the largest annual innovation fairs organised by the Academy of Scientific Research and Technology of Egypt (ASRT) since 2014 under the support of President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi.