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African Innovators Should not Confine Themselves to One Language

Senior Experts Dialogue (SED-2016) on Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) met to discuss the theme "Cities as Innovation Hubs for Africa's Transformation." One of the ideas to emerge during the meeting was that "innovative ideas and technologies originate from locals," therefore "African innovators should not confine themselves to one language to develop innovations aimed at addressing local needs facing Africa." Read more. More about the ECA in this BRIEFING.

Senior Experts Dialogue (SED-2016) on Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) attracted 21 African countries, including South African metropolitan municipalities such as the Cities of Tshwane, Johannesburg and Cape Town.

The Senior Experts Dialogue (SED-2016) meeting which took place in Pretoria, South Africa, sought to identify key elements and issues, based on local experiences, that African governments, along with their international development partners, can take into account in formulating action plans to turn their cities from manufacturing and trade hubs into innovation hubs and centres.