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African Science, Technology and Innovation Forum (Second Session)

Monday, February 24, 2020, Victoria Falls
High-Level Policy Dialogue on Making Science, Technology and Innovation Deliver the 2030 Agenda for Africa | Monday, 24 February 2020

Both the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and Agenda 2063 recognize the importance of science, technology and innovation in advancing human wellbeing, economic transformation and achieving environmental targets. Some of the major priority areas of Agenda 2063 include ‘well-educated citizens and skills revolution underpinned by science, technology and innovation; healthy and well-nourished citizens; transformed economies underpinned by STI driven manufacturing, industrialization and value addition; modern agriculture for increased productivity and production; and environmentally sustainable and climate resilient economies and communities’, all of which underline the importance of STI. This high-level panel will address efforts to scale-up and accelerate actions to enable science, technology and innovation deliver the 2030 Agenda in the coming decade and on Agenda 2063 in the remaining four decades.

Keynote Address by


  • Mr Imraan Patel, Deputy Director-General: Socio-Economic Partnerships, Department of Science and Innovation, South Africa
  • Prof. Domingos da Silva Neto, Secretary of State for Science, Technology and Innovation, Angola
  • Mr. Jemal Beker, State Minister of Innovation and Technology, Ethiopia
  • Extraordinary Prof. Mary Teuw Niane, Former Minister of Higher Education, Scientific Research, Senegal and Professor, Universite Gaston Berger de Saint-Louis, Senegal, Dakar.
  • Dr. Madaleine Tchuinte, Minister of Scientific Research and Innovation, Cameroon

Moderator: Karima Bounemra Ben Soltane, Director of IDEP, ECA

Rapporteur: Karimanzira Rungano, Director, Ministry of Higher and Tertiary Education, Science &Technology Development, Zimbabwe

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

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