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IMG 2434-3Libreville, 13-15 June 2017 - In collaboration with the Ministry of Higher Education, Scientific Research and Executive Training, the African Observatory of Science, Technology and Innovation (AOSTI) organized a training workshop on the methods and frameworks for evaluating national innovation systems. This workshop, for the main actors of the innovation system of Gabon, have been attended by the representatives from the ministries (senior managers, statisticians and researchers), research centers, universities and other actors involved in the Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) policies in Gabon.

The main objective of this meeting is to enable Gabon to discover its STI capabilities and evaluate the performance of key players in the research and innovation system through the use of quantitative and qualitative indicators. Among other things, this training helped to strengthen national skills in the formulation, implementation and evaluation of STI policies and to identify the strengths and weaknesses of the national innovation system for its effective use in the implementation of the Gabon Strategic Development Plan.

The Deputy Secretary General, Professor Clement Moupoumbou, representing Her Excellency the Minister of State, Minister of Higher Education for Scientific Research and Executive Training, who opened the workshop, recalled the important role of science, technology and innovation in the economic development and stressed that investment in knowledge in Africa in general and Gabon in particular, remains very low and it is urgent to catch up.

In his address, Dr Mawoko, Director of the Observatory, while stressing the need for African countries to domesticate the STI continental framework, namely STISA, emphasized the importance of measuring STI and its contribution to the assessment of progress made in achieving the goals of development agendas in Africa.

At the end of the 3-day meeting, the participants formulated recommendations, including making systematic collection of data on education, science, technology and innovation (ESTI) in Gabon, in accordance with the decision (Assembly / AU / Dec.572 (XXV) of the African Union establishing the team of ten Heads of State to annually monitor the status of ESTI in Africa, and thus fill the deficit and the lack of data relevant for the monitoring of the implementation of the strategic areas of Gabon Development Plan.

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