TAPI, WB eye collaboration to reach more sectors

The Technology Application and Promotions Institute (TAPI) and World Bank (WB) are currently exploring possible options of partnership to deliver technology and innovation to more communities.

TAPI Director Marion Decena recently told media the WB has inquired about how far TAPI can go in offering technology support and adaptation to small communities. This is so, he said because WB representatives explained their primary focus is to ensure that growth is inclusive, especially for the marginalized sectors.”

The WB, she said, also asked if TAPI has any technology that can help marginalized areas in obtaining alternative energy and enable farmers to adapt to climate change. She added that new innovations may be deployed to marginalized communities.

“TAPI may deploy technologies through one of its major programs that provide grants, the Invention-based Enterprise Development Program, for pilot testing for possible adoption by the marginalized sector,” she explained.

TAPI may likewise provide assistance for technology-based training the community economic group may benefit from.
Decena said they have requested WB for an expert who can review market intelligence report prepared by TAPI for validation purposes if the said technology has a market in a specific area.

“We are also looking for experts who can train us in preparing market reports or provide pro-bono services. The Institute is also looking for possible market databases that can be accessed and used for the generation of such reports,” she added.

Decena said WB representatives responded that while they are familiar with the loans or financing, WB is also a “knowledge bank.”

“They mentioned that some countries approach WB for knowledge on finance and ask for knowledge sharing. Partnerships like this takes time because WB) want it to be very specific, especially in terms of theme and topic, so they can find the proper resource person for the Philippines,” she said.

Decena said TAPI and its clients may benefit from existing linkages of WB in terms of knowledge sharing, but this still needs further discussion with the latter.

Specific collaboration will be discussed possibly with wider audience to include other TAPI unit and/or representative from the WB and the Department of Science and Technology, she said. (PNA)