02.04.2012 - Natural Sciences Sector

Follow the Africa STI forum live

First Africa Forum on STI

The First African Forum on Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) for Youth Employment, Human Capital Development and Inclusive Growth got under way in Nairobi on Sunday 1 April and continues today and tomorrow. The debates at the Hotel Continental in Nairobi can be followed live via a webcast.

The event is hosted by the Government of Kenya and organized by UNESCO with the African Union Commission, the African Development Bank, the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), the Association for the Development of Education in Africa (ADEA) and the Kenyan Ministry of Higher Education Science and Technology.

Today, participants will debate ways to promote innovation and entrepreneurship and develop the private sector. They will address three main questions: How can a stronger STI system contribute to improving access to drinking water, renewable energies and effective healthcare, and generate jobs for youth as well as inclusive growth? How can we develop the ability to spot, adapt and adopt existing global models for innovation and knowledge? And what can Africa do to develop a dynamic innovation ecosystem?

The Experts’ Meeting (1 - 2 April) will be followed by a Ministerial Conference (3 April). The Ministerial Conference will be opened by the President of Kenya, Mwai Kibaki, the Director-General of UNESCO Irina Bokova, the President of the African Development Bank Donald Kaberuka, the Chairperson of the African Union Commission Jean Ping and the Executive Secretary of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa Aboulie Janneh.

During the Ministerial Conference, there will be two roundtable discussions for ministers on the following themes: Challenges and Opportunities for STI in Africa and the integration of STI policies in national/sub-regional development and the other Opportunities for STI in Africa; Financing mechanisms and investments for the development of Africa; opportunities, mechanisms and policy instruments for STI. The forum will conclude with the adoption of a declaration by ministers.

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