ICT-Supported Innovation for building the African Knowledge Economy
Bahir Dar University, Ethiopia, 27 September 2017
The panel and workshop will address how ICT supported innovation system can be organized to plan, manage and implement the transformation of the African economy and Service Sector. How ICT can help navigate the global value chain and improve the agricultural, raw material and mineral-based economy at a time when the knowledge economy is driving the world economy.
The workshop will review proposed ICT-enabled innovation system approach both in the areas of the world where it has been used such as the East Asian economies and the developed world and draw lessons on how the system of innovation can be applied in Africa.
As African countries have also tried to develop ICT innovation policies, there will be a review of the work done including NEPAD's science and technology and ICT(STI) innovation indicators.
The main contribution will be to bring out the main factors that must be evaluated to generate the particular ways how innovation systems can be developed in the African context.
The following sub-themes will be presented by the panelists
1. The relevance of an ICT innovation system for African development
2. Reviewing the ICT innovation system plan of African countries
3. The AU/NEPAD ICT and Science & Technology indicators plans and their impact
4. Building the African innovation system in ICT and Science & Technology to respond to the 4th industrial revolution.
5. How to meet the SDG 2030 using ICT enabled innovation System, including African values to building innovation systems.
6. The role of Innovation Hubs, multi-national corporations, academia & S&T Research Councils in Africa’s ICT for Development and ICT Innovation eco-systems.
7. SDG 2030 and enabling policy for accelerated ICT supported innovation in Africa.
The panel/workshop will address these issues with a view to generate a template how innovation system policies can be planned, written, managed, exercised and implemented.
Prof Mammo Muchie, TUT, South Africa
Dr Solomon Assefa, IBM Research Africa.
Dr Mjumo Mzyece, Innov Hub, South Africa
Dr Fisseha Mekuria, CSIR, South Africa
08:30 – 10:45 AM, Key Paper Presentation
11:00 – 12:30 PM, Panel Discussion
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