Africa Regional Science, Technology and Innovation Forum kicks off in Victoria Falls
The second Africa Regional Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) Forum kicked off in the resort town of Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe on 24 February 2020 with calls for Africa to harness STI for sustainable development.
Officially opening the Forum, Zimbabwe’s Minister of Higher and Tertiary Education, Innovation, Science and Technology Development, Prof. Amon Murwira, said the importance of science, technology and innovation to human well-being is well known.
He advocated for Heritage Based Education, Science and Technology Development as the anchor of innovation to deliver relevant goods and services.
Speaking at the same event, UNESCO Regional Director for Southern Africa, Prof. Hubert Gijzen called for strong positioning of science as foundations for the successful implementation of the SDGs and the African Union Agenda 2063. He said there is need for action if the SDG targets are to be met.
While the World is moving into the 4th Industrial revolution, much of Africa still needs to reap full benefits from the 2nd and 3rd revolutions.
The second Africa Regional Science, Technology and Innovation Forum is designed to meet both the global and continental mandates. It serves as a platform for exploring and facilitating interactions, matchmaking, cooperation and partnerships among the relevant stakeholders, in order to drive technology development and transfer, and create regional innovation networks for co-learning and co-creation, and for sharing of experiences between and among multi-stakeholders.
Furthermore, it provides a platform to identify and examine technology needs and institutional voids and gaps that should be addressed to enable African countries to fully harness and deploy science, technology and innovation to accelerate the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals.