ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia, August 14, 2014 / PRN Africa / – A Dialogue between established on the theme “Science, Technology and Innovation and the transformation agenda of Africa experts: Make profitable new technologies for processing Africa “was held in Abuja, Nigeria, on 21 and 22 July 2014.
Organized by the Federal Government of Nigeria and the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA), the objective dialogue was to bring together high-level policymakers, experts in technology and innovation from academia, the private and public sectors, the international development community, other influential people (inside and outside of Africa), and contractors to consider all the directions in which science, technology and innovation can be deployed to support and accelerate the transformation agenda of Africa and contribute to the agreed priorities of society.
The specific objectives of the dialogue were:
i) Identify the main problems that hinder the development, transfer and diffusion of technology in Africa; and identify actions in the short term, medium term and long term to address these issues
ii) To provide a better understanding on how new technologies and innovation can actually transform African economies, while identifying barriers to the use of these technologies and innovation for the development of Africa
iii) Facilitate dialogue between African policy makers, researchers and top academic institutions, the private sector and stakeholders working on the TSI on the ways and means to accelerate the development and dissemination of technologies in Africa
iv) Building sustainable partnerships among participants in order to advance the development of policies on STI in Africa in general and promote the application of the real technology to meet the multiple challenges of Africa; and
v) propose a set of measures / recommendations to guide and inform the future work program of ECA
present were senior politicians, senior experts technology and innovation from academia, the private and public sectors, the international development community and other influential personalities from Algeria, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Kenya, Malawi, Nigeria, Senegal, Togo, the Ethiopia, Ireland, Uganda, Gambia, Somalia, Switzerland, Tanzania, and Zambia.
The Federal Ministry of Science and Technology (FMST), on behalf of the Government of the Federal Republic of Nigeria thank ECA, governments and peoples of Norway and Finland for their support in the Dialogue
The Division of External Relations and Communications Media
Economic Commission for Africa Economic Commission
SOURCE United Nations Africa
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