Governments across the Sub-Saharan African region will devote more resources towards science, technology and innovations as a means to realize growth and transformation, officials have said.
Senior African policymakers and scholars who attended the 4th Partnership for Skills in Applied Sciences, Engineering and Technology (PASET) forum in Nairobi recently, stated the continent’s future prosperity hinges on robust investment in applied sciences, vocational training and home-grown innovations.
Kenya is among nine African countries that are signatories to PASET, an initiative launched in 2013 with the support of the World Bank to promote skills development in the fields of science, technology, and innovations. Bilateral partners that support the continental initiative to promote applied sciences and engineering include China, Japan, Korea, India, and Brazil.
President Kenyatta said that developing a critical mass of trained personnel in sciences and engineering would help address Africa’s pressing challenges like poverty, disease, and ecological depletion. He hailed renewed commitment by African governments to promote science, technology, and innovations in line with the Continental blueprint on socio-economic transformation.
African governments and their bilateral partners are committed to strengthening the scientific and technical capacity that is critical to accelerate industrial progress. Multilateral institutions are keen to play a central role in the advancement of scientific and technological revolution in Africa.
Vice President of Human Development at the World Bank, Keith Hansen said that skills development, infrastructure, and visionary leadership are key to revitalize technological progress and innovations in Africa.