“Sustainable economic development cannot be a reality without investment in Science, Technology and Innovation(STI)” ~ Dr Phesheya Dube (Principal Secretary Ministry of ICT)

EZulwini, Swaziland, 26 - 28 February 2018 -

Making his remarks, during the training workshop on methods and frameworks for assessing the national innovation systems of the African member countries, Dr. Dube, Principal Secretary Ministry of ICT, said that the Government of the Kingdom of Swaziland recognized that sustainable economic development could not be reality without investment in STI. He said there had been resurgence of attention to STI as critical factors in national economic change and development. He further mentioned that it reflected in the integration of STI consideration into vision 2022 and the National Development Strategy.

To date, Swaziland has shown a tremendous political will and vision to strengthen national systems of innovations to meet its challenges. Dr. Dube mentioned that in less than a decade, the country had achieved establishment of the development of research, science, technology and innovation as well as ratification of the 2008 SADC STI Protocol in 2016.

In his address, Dr. Mawoko, executive secretary of AOSTI emphasized the need to domesticate the STI continental framework, namely STISA-2024, both at the national and regional levels and on the role of science, technology and innovation for Sustainable development in Africa. He stressed the importance of measuring scientific and technological activities to enable regular monitoring of progress made in achieving the objectives set in the Vision 2022 strategic plan of Swaziland and those of Agenda 2063 and sustainable development.

The training workshop organized by the African Observatory of Science, Technology and Innovation (AOSTI) of the African Union and the Ministry of Information, Communication and Technology of the Kingdom of Swaziland was held in EZulwini, Swaziland, from 26 to 28 February, 2018.

This workshop, which is part of the implementation of AOSTI's work programme, included the participation of representatives and officials of the Ministry, Stakeholders, the main actors of the national research and innovation system.

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