Association of Agricultural Research Intuitions
in the Near East and North Africa

Tentative program for the focal units workshop
Muscat- Oman
8-10 January, 2008

8 January, 2008 (Tuesday)

8:30-9:00   Registration
9:00-10:00 Welcome and Introductory Remarks  Chairman: Dr. M. Sallam
         Dr Ahmed Al-Bakry- President of AARINENA
         Dr. Ajit Maru, GFAR, Rome
         Dr. Stephen Rudgard, FAO Rome

10:00-10:30 Coffee Break

10:30-11:30 Presentation on “An overview of Information Needs for Agricultural Innovation and the possible role of AARINENA and WANA Region NARS to satisfy these needs”: by Dr. Ajit Maru

11:30-12:30 Presentation on “Elements of good practice in institutional information networks and systems”: by Dr. Stephen Rudgard

12:30-14:00 Lunch Break

14:00-15:45 Working Groups on analyses of national experiences in information networks and systems (participants’ contributions)

15:45-16:00 Coffee Break

16:00-17:00 plenary presentations of working group outputs and discussions


9 January, 2008 (Wednesday) Chairman Dr. A. Maru

09:00-10:00 Working groups on preparing future plan and approach for strengthening National Information Focal Units (NIFUS) and national agricultural research information systems

10:00-10:30 Coffee Break

10:30-11:30 Working Groups continued

12:00-12:30 Plenary presentations of working group outputs

12:30-14:00 Lunch Break

14:00-15:00 Plenary discussion on working group outputs

15:00-15:30 Tea/Coffee Break

15:30-16:15 Presentation on enhanced web-based NERAKIN: by Dr M. Latif

16:15-17:00 Presentation on lessons learned from national case study of institutional information system and NARIMS tools: by Dr M. Rafea

17:00-17:30 Plenary discussion on further development of information systems tools

10 January, 2008 (Thursday) Chairman Dr. S. Rudgard

09:00-10:00 Plenary Discussion on next actions

10:00-10:30 Coffee Break

10:30-11:30 Finalizing recommendations

11:30-12:30 Closing session: Statements by Dr. Ibrahim Hamdan, Dr. Stephen Rudgard, and Dr. Ajit Maru

12:30 Lunch Break