The United Nations Economic Commission (ECA) and the Ministry of Scientific Research, Republic of Senegal, in collaboration with the African Union Commission (AUC) are organizing a three-day Senior Experts Dialogue (SED) on Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) and the African Transformation Agenda on the theme “Higher Education, Science, Technology and Innovation and the African integration and development agenda.” The Dialogue will be held in Dakar, Senegal, on 28-30 November 2017 and envisions the participation of about 50 experts drawn from governments, the private sector, financial institutions, non-governmental organisations, and research institutions from within and outside Senegal. The expected outcome of the Dialogue will be a set of recommendations that will assist member States to design higher education, and science, technology and innovation policies to support the transformation of their economies pursuant to the African integration and development agenda. These may include recommendations on: Reforming and revitalizing the higher education sector in African countries; Ways that higher education and STI could be leverages to achieve of each of the SDGs in Africa; Possible themes for future SEDs; and Formulation of an ECA research programme on higher education, STI and the SDGs.
The outcome of the Dialogue will be summarized in an analytical, policy report, which will serve as guiding reference for policy makers and an input into ECA's programme development. It is hoped that the report will provoke inquiry, instigate policy discussion and stimulate new ideas and policies on these pressing issues of the continent.
For further information, please contact:
Mr. Victor Konde
New Technologies and Innovation Section
Special Initiatives Division
United Nations Economic Commission for Africa, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia