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His Excellency Professor Mackaye Hassane TaÏsso, the Minister of Higher Education, Research and Innovation of Chad launched the African Union(AU) programme on Mapping National Systems of Innovation (NIS) in the Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS) in N’djamena on 15 May 2017.

 

This programme is entirely funded through the AU Commission Budget and it is spearheaded by the African Observatory for Science, Technology and Innovation (AOSTI), an AU technical and specialised office under the Department of Human Resources, Science and Technology (HRST).

 

AOSTI serves as the continental repository for Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) data and statistics in support of evidence based policy-making. It is mandated, among other things to assist Member States and the Regional Economic Communities (RECs) to map their STI capabilities to address economic, social, and environmental development challenges.

 

It is noted that the AU Science, Technology and Innovation Strategy (STISA-2024) promotes an innovation-led and knowledge-based transformation of African economies to achieve the aspirations of the Agenda 2063.To this end, the concept of a National Systems of Innovation is the most efficient and effective approach to enable a deeper description and analysis of an economy’s performance that can induce relevant STI indicators. AOSTI shall implement the NIS programme in Africa starting with the ECCAS member states in 2017. Other RECs will follow from 2018 onward.

 

The N’djamena kick-off workshop adopted a road map for the implementation of the NIS programme in the ECCAS member states and a template to produce country innovation profiles.

 

 

 

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