AfDB Co-Organizes First Africa Forum on Science,Technology and Innovation

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The first Africa Forum on Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) will take place from April 1-3, 2012 at the Intercontinental Hotel in Nairobi. Hosted by the Government of Kenya, it will include an Experts’ Meeting (April 1-2) and a Ministerial Conference (April 3), and will highlight the need to invest in this key sector to foster human capital development, inclusive growth, and provide job opportunities for youth and women.

The Forum will highlight best STI practices and policies in Africa and worldwide. It will seek to reinforce North-South and South-South cooperation, and partnerships between academia, private and public sectors. As such, “Africa on the Move” – an innovation exhibition is being organised in parallel showcasing the work of approximately 30 Kenyan innovators and entrepreneurs.

The event is organized by the African Development Bank (AfDB), the Government of Kenya, UNESCO, the African Union Commission (AU), and the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), in collaboration with the Association for the Development of Education in Africa (ADEA).

Participants include 26 confirmed Ministers of Higher Education, Science, and Finance, experts, scientists, decision makers, youth, academics, representatives of the private sector and civil society.

They will discuss the mismatch between skills produced and labour market needs, creating a world class cadre of professors in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths, how latest innovations and scientific research can contribute to promote clean drinking water, renewable energy, and effective health care and how to create a culture of entrepreneurship in Africa so that jobs can be generated by Africans and not only by foreign investors.

On April 3, the Ministerial Conference will be opened by Mwai Kibaki, President of the Republic of Kenya, the President of the African Development Bank, Donald Kaberuka, the Director-General of UNESCO Irina Bokova, the Chairperson of the African Union Commission, Jean Ping and the Executive Secretary of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa, Abdoulie Janneh.