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The Caribbean Industrial Research Insti-
tute (Cariri) is getting access to a vast range
of products from global technology company
Microsoft to accelerate T&T s quest for eco-
nomic diversification through innovation.
This follows last week s signing of a mem-
orandum of understanding (MOU) to estab-
lish the Microsoft-Cariri Innovation Centre
(MCIC) at Freeport.
Cariri CEO Liaquat Ali Shah said while T&T
has some of the most creative and talented
people in the world, it is challenged by its
inability to translate creativity and talent into
value added, tradable goods and services on
a sizeable scale.
"It cannot be over emphasised that without
innovation, our firms will be unable to com-
pete, economic diversification will be unachiev-
able and our economic fortunes will continues
to be dependent primarily on the vagaries of
the energy-based sector.
"Innovation, knowledge and entrepreneur-
ship are now the prime determinants of com-
petitive advantage, with practically all countries
aggressively pursuing the creation, growth and
attraction of knowledge-based, high value-
added economic activity as their primary
developmental strategy," he said.
"ICT in particular, which has radically trans-
formed marketplace dynamics, has levelled
the playing field somewhat and affords us the
potential for innovation and competitiveness
Shah added: "Cariri s primary focus on
business development, particularly new busi-
ness creation, and growing SMEs into pro-
ductivity innovation enterprises, represents
potentially an area with significant benefit to
the institute as a key partner in the MCIC.
"Strategically, Cariri will seek to leverage
its status in this centre to forge linkages with
Microsoft productivity innovation centres such
as exists in Manresa, Spain. This will provide
an avenue for a higher level of engagement
with businesses in relation to productivity and
correspondingly, profitability enhancement
through the utilisation of ICT."
Shah said the full impact of the MCIC can
be appreciated in the context of Government s
seven inter-connected pillars for sustainable
development and a more diversified and
knowledge intensive economy.
Barry Ridgway, vice-president of sales, mar-
keting and services at Microsoft Latin America
said: "We have 100 plus innovation centres
around the world, so the opportunity is there,
in a network of research, to understand that
innovation is about collaboration.
"How do we not only spur collaboration
here in T&T, but how do we spur innovation
and collaboration for T&T? One big agenda
that we have is trying to enable the IT eco-
system in the markets that we serve, and that
certainly is what you would expect from a
large corporation, to focus on how we are
servicing the markets."
He added: "Of course we are doing a lot in
terms of education. We do a lot in terms of
social programmes, closing the digital divide,
working with over 4000 NGOs around the
region to support various kinds of programmes.
"But there is one that is very near and dear
and core to Microsoft as a software company.
We spend over $9 billion a year on research
and development, so we have incredible
research and development assets around the
world. There is nothing more dear to our hearts
than partnering with governments and local
entities to spur innovation and that s innovation
that creates businesses and creates jobs in the
local market," he said.
Ridgway said Microsoft s footprint across
Latin America tells a story of more than
90,000 partners in the network with IT related
companies that do business in and around
Microsoft technology. He said those companies
employ more than one million people, so the
idea and the opportunity is to be forward
thinking, investing in building that eco-system,
strengthening it, and creating opportunities.
New MOU accelerates
T&T's quest to innovate
Cariri CEO Liaquat Ali Shah, left, and Frances Correia, general manager, Microsoft T&T, sign the
public-private MOU for creation of the Microsoft-Cariri Innovation Centre in Freeport.
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