UNECA website. The United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), in collaboration with the African Union Commission (AUC) and other partners are bringing together industrial leaders, research and policy makers from 23 to 25 June 2010 to discuss innovative ways of improving the efficiency of technology development, transfer and commercialization in Africa. Discussions will take place in Addis Ababa, within the framework of the second Science with Africa Conference.
The theme of the second Science with Africa Conference is “Science, Innovation and Entrepreneurship”. Participants will address strategies for enhancing the transformation of research and development (R&D) outputs and technology into economic and social value.
The conference will identify strategies for improving the efficiency and effectiveness of the Continent in transforming ideas and technologies into development solutions to meet Africa’s huge challenges. In particular, it will address ways of nurturing and rewarding the necessary entrepreneurial talent in African universities and research centres and stimulating private sector investment in R&D activities and in start-ups. The objective is to empower such institutions to actively diffuse knowledge, create business opportunities and extend services to the community.
According to the United Nations Under Secretary-General and Executive Secretary of UNECA, Mr. Abdoulie Janneh, : “Africa faces enormous development challenges. It is heartbreaking when technological solutions produced at the expense of other development needs gather dust on laboratory benches instead of making a difference in the lives of our people”.
The Conference will explore policies, measures and mechanisms for promoting innovation and entrepreneurship in various areas such as agriculture, ICTs, health, infrastructure, intellectual property and technology transfer, green science and climate change, among others in various plenary and breakout sessions.
A number of initiatives will also be launched during the conference. These will include the African Technology Development and Transfer Network, African Science to Business Challenge, the African Science Technology and Innovation Fund (ASTIEF) and African Science Technology and Innovation Framework.
The Conference also features a number of forums and workshops such as the Innovation Investment Forum, Women and Innovation Roundtable, Science Innovation and Communication Workshop, Patent Fair and the Water Quality Report have been arranged.
‘’Science with Africa’’ is an ECA/AUC initiative which aims at providing a framework to promote the use of science and technology in economic development of Africa. To this end, Science with Africa Conferences are unique opportunities to enhance North-South and South-South cooperation, foster technology transfer and to increase synergies between regional and international science based organizations
It is to be recalled that the EU-Africa Summit held from 8 to 9 December 2007 in Lisbon (Portugal) adopted a new strategic partnership that devoted an entire chapter to Science, Information Society and Space. Strengthening the cooperation on science and technology has become a top priority, as evidenced by the decision of the AU summit to declare 2007 the year of science and technology.
The first Science with Africa Conference was held from 3 to 7 March 2008 in Addis Ababa.
Director, ICTs, Science and Technology Division (ISTD), UNECA
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
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