Science, Technology and Innovation to drive development

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By Jeremy Ogolla

Delegates at the ongoing 14th United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD 14) want a Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) driven development agenda for developing nations.

Costa Rica Trade Minister Alexander Mora told the meeting that with well defined policies, the STI sector is key to any development.

He gave an example on his country where institutions of higher learning are utilized in developing innovations that help to drive development in the rural areas.

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Information, Communication Technology Principal Secretary Victor Kyalo said formulation of policies should not only be the responsibility of the science and technology sector but other sectors as well.

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“With the ever growing information and communication technologies sector, as well as the implementation of e-Government, it is possible to improve efficiency and effectiveness of internal administration within government through ICT,” said Kyalo

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Kyalo said formulation of appropriate policies is key, adding that the policies should aid in development and not be themselves the bottlenecks in the way of implementation.

CEO Global Innovation Fund, Alix Zwane called for the need for public private partnerships in the STI sector so as to have a wider reach and to utilize it as a driver for sustainable growth and development.

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A delegate, Analisa Primi called for addressing of knowledge gaps in digital connectivity.

A youth representative, Jessica Colaco poked holes in the presentations saying the issues raised were abstract and mostly did not relate to the young innovators.

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