The signed Code of Conduct has set forth general terms and conditions of collaboration between the Republican Centre for Technology Transfer and the Innovation Relay Centre Northern Germany (www.irc-norddeutschland.de) in the domain of technology transfer.
In compliance with the covenant, the Belarusian party and the German partner will reciprocally assist organizations and enterprises, irrespective of their legal or economic forms, as well as higher institutions in the technology transfer field. The two organizations are also to promote new joint ventures and jointly organize workshops and seminars in the related fields of knowledge. The parties have agreed to cooperate in exchanging technology opportunities between them. This includes dissemination of RCTT-promoted technology offers and technology requests via the IRC network by using the website of the IRC Northern Germany, while similar requests and offers from German partner centre will be promoted by the Web portal of RCTT (http://ictt.by).
The IRC Northern Germany, hosted by VDI/VDE Innovation + Technik GmbH in Berlin (www.vdivde-it.de) is a partner in the European Network of more than 250 consulting companies in 33 countries – from Island to Turkey and from Portugal to the Baltic States. The IRC Centre is part of the EU research and development support programme for the innovation and involvement of SMEs in innovation activity. The Centre aims to enhance the competitiveness of the European economy and to support companies in their attempts for international technology transfer. The IRC Northern Germany assists primarily SMEs in Berlin, Brandenburg, Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, Hamburg and Bremen in search of potential international co-operation partners.
The collaboration agreement was initiated by RCTT Director Mr. Uspenskiy during his visit to the IRC Northern Germany on 6 June 2007. The visit was paid under the auspices of the training programme “Innovation Management and International Technology Cooperation” provided to a group of Belarusian specialists.