We all know Africa is a continent full of innovation.
Now policy makers at all levels must put this strength, along with scientific and technical development, at the centre of economic strategies.
Fortunately, the African Union has recently adopted a strategy that seeks to do exactly that.
Strong demand for raw materials, especially by China, and a growth in consumption by an expanding middle class has driven Africa’s growth in the past decade. Seeking sustainability, policymakers are shifting their attention from raw materials to an economic outlook that is driven by technological innovation.
The 10-year Science, Technology and Innovation Strategy for Africa (STISA-2024) recently adopted by the African Union (AU) embodies this vision. Its mission is to “accelerate Africa’s transition to an innovation-led, knowledge-based economy.” The strategy is part of the longer-term Agenda 2063 – the AU’s development vision and action plan.
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About Dr. Calestous Juma
Dr. Calestous Juma is a professor at Harvard Kennedy School specializing in technological innovation and entrepreneurship for development. During 2014 he is Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Visiting Professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is author of The New Harvest: Agricultural Innovation in Africa
He co-chairs the African Union’s High Level Panel on Science, Technology and Innovation, and is a trustee of the multinational Aga Khan University.
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He regularly tweets (@calestous) about issues related to sustainable development, technology innovation, and more.
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