Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) as a Driver of the Sustainability of Enterprises for Young Africans

Johannesburg, 27 - 29 November 2017

In an attempt to impart upon young African Entrepreneurs the importance and role of science, technology and innovation as a main factor in the sustainability of any enterprise, The African Observatory of Science, Technology and Innovation (AOSTI) called for a dialogue among young delegates from African countries to deliberate around how Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) can be used to sustain Entrepreneurship Development.

The honourable ambassador to the Turkish Embassy in South Africa Mrs Elif Çomoglu Ülgen graced the opening of the workshop as main sponsor. As this was the first lag of the project she assured that it will not be the end. She went on to mention the opportunities available for Africans with the Turkish government in terms of scholarships, exchange programs to name but a few. She then complemented AOSTI for bringing such a workshop to South Africa as it enabled her the opportunity to take part in it.

In his speech, The Director of AOSTI, Dr Phillippe Mawoko extended his appreciation to the Turkey - African Union Commission cooperation which has committed to support the work of AOSTI with the implementation of this project on capacity building for young entrepreneurship in partnership with private sector. He stated that the workshop was the first leg of this cooperation. He mentioned that the workshop was of particular interest to the Commission, being that the objectives focuses on progressing within the implementation of the Science, Technology and Innovation Strategy for Africa (STISA 2024) which underpins the adopted people centred Agenda 2063 of the African Union.

The workshop was attended by forty-three (43) participants made up of young African entrepreneurs, and experts on STI and policy. Countries represented include Ghana, Nigeria, Sudan, Gabon, Egypt, Kenya, Burkina Faso, Swaziland and South Africa amongst others. The resource people came from different focus such as Academics being the University of Pretoria and University of Sussex. The AUC was represented by senior experts and the director of AOSTI. The private sector was also represented by Swazi MTN. A wide range of topics were covered and the majority focused on innovation, entrepreneurship, the use of data and science for the sustainability, creation of enterprises, the role of policies. During the group presentations, participants put forward several suggestions to overcome the challenges faced by young entrepreneurs


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