Operated by the Funding and Know-how Promotion Workplace (ITPO) in Tokyo, the STePP programme, which seeks to contribute to the inclusive and sustainable industrialization of growing and rising international locations, has already secured the participation of greater than 110 Japanese corporations with over 110 progressive applied sciences that target well being and hygiene; the atmosphere; the vitality sector; and agribusiness.
To strengthen the worldwide efforts in opposition to COVID-19, a devoted STePP initiative was incepted in June 2020 with a US$4 million contribution from Japan’s Ministry of Overseas Affairs to switch a lot wanted Japanese applied sciences and merchandise to assist restrict the affect of the pandemic in twelve international locations in Africa and Asia.
“13 main Japanese applied sciences will contribute to bettering COVID-19 and different infectious ailments in 12 African and Asian international locations”, stated Bernardo Calzadilla-Sarmiento, UNIDO Managing Director, Directorate of Digitalization, Know-how and Agri-Enterprise. “Regardless of journey restrictions, all stakeholders are linked and work collectively to implement these know-how transfers”.
On account of COVID-19 associated disruptions, know-how switch preparations are at totally different implementation phases, with some having already accomplished the set up of applied sciences and the operational preparedness coaching for native employees. Japanese firm AGC Inc., for instance, accomplished with the assist of its native companions its hypochlorous acid water know-how switch to a hospital in Danang and a meals manufacturing unit in Ho Chi Minh, with 39 staff from each the hospital and the manufacturing unit now completely conversant in the operation and upkeep procedures.
“We’re excited for this know-how to enhance the hygiene situation in our hospital”, stated Dr. Hoan Hai, College of Danang. “The Hoa Vang-Camle Common Hospital may be very happy to obtain the hypochlorous acid water gear from Japan; This compact and simple to function materials will assist eradicate micro organism and viruses, together with COVID-19”.
One other instance is Japanese firm Chuwa Industrial Co. Ltd., which put in an incinerator on the College Hospital Fann in Dakar, Senegal. The incinerator doesn’t generate poisonous exhaust gasoline despite the fact that the College burns numerous medical wastes collectively comparable to plastic and rubber making this an environmental-friendly, smoke-free mechanism. Easy to make use of, the system additionally saves medical staff’ time because it processes great amount of waste.
“General, and because of the wonderful dedication of all non-public and public stakeholders in recipient international locations, in addition to efforts of the know-how suppliers, the tasks are focused to be accomplished by the tip of 2021”, stated Yuko Yasunaga, Head of UNIDO ITPO Tokyo. “We look ahead to updating the progress constantly”.