The Caribbean Industrial Research Institute (CARIRI) and The Uganda Industrial Research Institute (UIRI) recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) which would encourage and promote co-operation in technology/technology-related and management development areas which will benefit both Trinidad and Tobago and Uganda. 

CEO of CARIRI, Mr Liaquat Ali Shah and Executive Director of UIRI, Professor Dr Charles Kwesiga were both present at the UWI Campus head office of CARIRI to sign the MOU.

CARIRI and UIRI are both long standing members of the World Association of Industrial and Technological Research Organizations (WAITRO).  It was through this link that both Institutes found common ground in their goals and objectives and decided to formalize their partnership. 

This partnership will see a strengthening of ties between the two countries as there will be the exchange of technical information, sharing of expertise, joint execution of projects and will see a  greater opportunity for technical and scientific cooperation.

Both organizations are important contributors to the socio-economic development of their respective countries and both are desirous of working together for the mutual benefit and growth and development of, their countries.  It was a natural fit, therefore, for both organizations to share their technologies, knowledge and processes with each other. 

With the support of its Board, CARIRI pursued this relationship since it recognized the critical importance of research, development and innovation to the country's economic survival and growth, and has taken up the mantle to lead the charge in the creation of an innovation-driven economy.  It is with this in mind that CARIRI now has the Centre for Enterprise Development (CED) at Freeport, a state of the art facility which is helping to build innovative strength and capacity and is quickly being recognized as a centre for innovation.

CARIRI and CED are in a unique position to contribute to the overall development of the nation and are committed to ensuring that the right partnerships are formed to further economic and social growth.

During the period June 23rd to July 4th 2014, Ms. Rhea Koylass (Technologist - Food & General Microbiology) and Ms. Amanda Lalla (Technologist - Food Technology), attended a training program in Bandung, Indonesia titled "Technology in Fermented Foods Based on Soy". Special attention was given to the manufacture of Tempe from Soybeans since Tempe is not commonly produced in Trinidad.

This two week training programme was hosted by the Indonesian Institute of Sciences - LIPI (Lembaga Ilmu Pengetahuan Indonesia) and facilitated by Dr. Sri Pudjiraharti, Dr. Sri Pritani, Ms. Yetti Iskandar and Ms. Thelma Budiwati at the Research Center for Chemistry in Bandung.

The training took the form of formal lectures, practical laboratory work and field trips to various Tempe factories in and around Bandung and Bogor, Indonesia. The three main tempe producing facilities visited during the training were:

1) A cottage industry;

2) A small scale tempe factory; and

3) A large scale (state of the art) tempe factory.

 

Some of the topics covered during the course of the training include:

  • Solid Substrate Fermentation for Tempe Production and Nutrition Aspect;
  • Tempe Making Process;
  • Quality Assurance of Tempe Products; and
  • Food Safety of Soy/Tempe Products.


Certificates of completion were awarded after successful completion of the two week training.

CARIRI Primes Arawak for McDonald’s

With the expert technical support of the Caribbean Industrial Research Institute (CARIRI), Arawak and Company Limited recently enhanced its status as a supplier to international quick service restaurant McDonald’s in Trinidad and Tobago.The local poultry supplier contracted CARIRI in 2012 to provide technical assistance for its implementation of the McDonald’s Supplier Quality Management System (SQMS). Arawak is a major supplier of chicken to the McDonald’s brand, and as such is mandated to comply with the SQMS.

From l to r: Sharon Peart-Rose, Food Technologist, CARIRI; Petrina Mokool-Mohammed, Co-ordinator CFSC, CARIRI; Jameela Mohammed-Ali, Arcos Dorados Trinidad and Tobago Country Manager; Ezack Ali, Operations Manager, Arawak; Michael Cipriani, Executive, Corporate Accounts, Arawak; Gerard Manick, Head of Quality Assurance, Arawak

During the past year, CARIRI food technologists/food safety auditors have worked hand-in-hand with an Arawak team, developing a framework and implementing the necessary requirements to adhere to McDonald’s stringent SQMS. This has enabled Arawak to improve its standing in McDonald’s supplier rating scheme.

An upshot of this contract resulted in CARIRI’s training of 20-plus Arawak employees in two areas: Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) and Introduction to Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP), which focuses on prevention of hazards rather than inspection of finished products. Several key areas were covered, such as personal hygiene, basic food microbiology, raw material control, preventing cross-contamination, process control, pest control, traceability, record-keeping, packaging and labelling.

The CARIRI food technologists also trained three employees in GMP Auditing Techniques.

Commenting on Arawak’s compliance with its SQMS, Arcos Dorados Trinidad and Tobago Country Manager, Jameela Mohammed-Ali stated, “Arcos Dorados, the operator of McDonald’s TT and other restaurants throughout Latin America and the Caribbean, is proud to support local suppliers, it is one of our key policies. We want only the freshest ingredients that use the highest standards of safety and quality for our menu items. One way to ensure those standards are met is to work with reputable local suppliers,” Mohammed-Ali said. “We have strict process controls in place all through the production of our products, from suppliers to the finished product handed over to the customer. That’s why we maintain rigorous, science-based standards and evaluations in critical areas throughout our entire food and supply chains. Our Supplier Quality Management System includes food safety and quality system expectations for all our suppliers globally, and we are pleased that Arawak has complied with our standards of excellence”, Mohammed-Ali added.

MICROSOFT Innovation Center

OFFICIAL MOU SIGNING

The Caribbean Industrial Research Institute (CARIRI) and Microsoft Trinidad and Tobago have partnered together to form the Microsoft Innovation Center, the first of its kind in the English-speaking Caribbean. 

On Thursday 15th May 2014 at the Hilton Trinidad and Conference Centre, the official signing of the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) took place with the CEO of CARIRI, Mr Liaquat Ali Shah and Country Manager of Microsoft Trinidad and Tobago, Ms Frances Correira together with the Chairman of CARIRI, Mr Hayden Ferreira.

With the support of Government, CARIRI, having recognized the critical importance of Innovation to the country's economic survival and growth, has taken up the mantle to lead the charge in the creation of an innovation driven economy and, in this regard, has initiated efforts at building capacity for Innovation in both the public and private sectors. This is one of the major reasons why CARIRI has partnered with Microsoft Trinidad and Tobago.  It attests to the recognition by Microsoft that moreso than any other agency in the country, CARIRI now has in place at the Centre for Enterprise Development (CED) at Freeport, state of the art ICT infrastructure necessary to contribute substantially to the achievement of the goals and objectives of the Innovation Center.

The Innovation Center is intended to assist developers, independent software vendors, entrepreneurs, researchers and students to develop and deploy innovative software solutions based on Microsoft technology. The services provided are designed to boost ICT technology development and foster the growth of sustainable local software economies through skills and professional training, industry partnerships and innovation. The Center therefore accommodates stakeholders such as Academic Institutions, Industry and Government.

CARIRI is cognizant of the critical importance of  networks/networking in the Innovation process and is open to working with key stakeholders, viz. Public sector organizations, Universities, Private sector companies/organizations, Research and Technology Organizations (local and foreign) and Regional and International Organizations, to advance the national Innovation agenda.

CARIRI and its new Centre for Enterprise Development (CED) are in a unique position to contribute to the overall development of the nation and are committed to ensure that the right partnerships are formed to further economic and social growth.