African Innovation Summit focuses on African Strategy on Science, Tech - The African Innovation Summit, which was recently held in Cabo Verde, focused on the African Strategy on Science, Technology and Innovation (STI).
According to the African Union (AU) Commission, the summit was organised to explore and exchange ideas on how to best promote innovation in Africa; harness emerging innovation centres on the continent and link entrepreneurs with potential investors.
The AU Commissioner for Human Resources, Science and Technology Martial De-Paul Ikounga, who presented the strategy, said it falls within the AU vision of a united, prosperous and dynamic Africa within the global arena, underlining that science and technology are key tools to boost the African economic mechanism, if associated to human resources development.
He stressed the need to innovate the education system and the importance to build self-confidence for creation and creativity in all the fields.
PANA reports that the African strategy on Science, Technology and Innovation has six priorities areas where STI can contribute to addressing African development challenges.
The areas are hunger eradication; disease prevention and control; communication (intellectual and physical including energy); space protection (including climate change and environment); city dwelling; and wealth (creating wealth, extracting and transforming resources, and training human resources).
The STI also aims at increasing the level of Africa’s scientific and technical capacity as well as the human skills through training, encouraging collaborative innovation and entrepreneurship, and the dissemination of the scientific culture with a view to building intellectual production.
The strategy comprises five phases of 10 years each, during which science and technology will be developed as a tool to accelerate transition of Africa towards a knowledge and innovation-based economy.