The Chinese Government is establishing an International Research and Training Centre for Science and Technology Strategy (CISTRAT), as a Category 2 Centre, under the auspices of UNESCO. The Centre will act as an international platform for research and training on STI policy. The main emphasis of the work of the Centre would be on conducting research, offering professional training, providing policy advice, facilitating technology transfer and promoting international cooperation and exchange of experience in STI policy.
The General Conference of UNESCO approved the establishment of the Centre at its 36th session, November 2011. On 14 May 2012, Ms Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO, and Mr Wan Gang, Minister of Science and Technology of Science and Technology of P.R. of China signed an agreement regarding the creation of the Center, The Division for Science Policy and Capacity Building, UNESCO, would like to constitute a Governing Board of the Center. The main role of the Governing Board will be to guide and supervise the activities of the Center.
Therefore Dr. El Tayeb invited to be a member of the CISTRAT’s Governing Board to represent the Arab States. The first Governing Board meeting will be held in Beijing, on 21 September 2012, on the same day of the official launching of the Center.