Q&A: Philippe Mawoko on Africa's new science observatory

Philippe Mawoko, the first head of the African science observatory currently under construction in Equatorial Guinea, speaks toSciDev.Net about the new institution.

Earlier this year, Philippe Mawoko was appointed as the first executive secretary of the African Observatory for Science, Technology and Innovation (AOSTI), a pan-African institution being set up in Malabo, the capital of Equatorial Guinea.

Heads of state of the African union launch the foundation stone of the African observatory for science, technology and innovation in Malabo

Malabo 29 June 2011: The Heads of State and Government of the African Union, meeting at their 17th Ordinary Session in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea, started their Summit agenda on 30 June 2011, with the placing of the foundation stone of the African Observatory for Science, Technology and Innovation (AOSTI). This institution was established by an Assembly Decision of February 2009 which decided that the headquarters would be in Malabo.  The Host Country Agreement signed between the African Union and the Government of Equatorial Guinea in June 2010 makes provision for the government to provide premises for the headquarters, equipped offices, supplies and the initial financial contribution for the establishment of AOSTI.

Africa Analysis: Science observatory faces obstacles

Is Equatorial Guinea up to hosting Africa's new science monitoring facility, and would national governments use it, asks Linda Nordling.

Equatorial Guinea surprised many people when it volunteered to host the African Observatory for Science, Technology and Innovation (AOSTI) in February last year (see Equatorial Guinea may host S&T monitoring facility)


The tiny West African country, better known for its soaring oil revenues and rocky politics than for its science and technology, seemed an unlikely candidate for the facility, which will gather data on Africa's science, technology and innovation capabilities.


Science, technology and innovation (STI) indicators are crucial in monitoring Africa's scientific and technological developments, formulating, reviewing and implementing STI policies and strategies, and more importantly, guiding the continent’s march towards achieving its target of 1% of GDP invested in R&D.

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