-- 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 said on
African policymakers and scholars who attended the 4th
Partnership for Skills in Applied Sciences, Engineering
and Technology (PASET) forum in Nairobi stated the
continent’s future prosperity hinges on robust
investment in applied sciences, vocational training and
President Uhuru Kenyatta in a speech read by his Deputy
William Ruto stressed the role of science, technology
and innovations to hasten sustainable development in
continent has the capacity to leapfrog to new heights of
economic growth and inclusive prosperity if we channel
additional investments to applied sciences, engineering
and technology,” Kenyatta said.
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.
partners that support the continental initiative to
promote applied sciences and engineering include China,
Japan, Korea, India and Brazil.
said that developing a critical mass of trained
personnel in sciences and engineering will help address
Africa’s pressing challenges like poverty, disease and
promote vocational training and scientific research in
order to address skills deficit that hinders industrial
progress in this continent,” said Kenyatta.
solution to endemic poverty, joblessness, infectious
diseases and natural resources-based conflicts lies in
harnessing technology and innovations,” he added.
leader hailed renewed commitment by African governments
to promote science, technology and innovations in line
with the Continental blueprint on socio-economic
“It is high
time we prioritize regulatory reforms and investments in
infrastructure that enables innovations to flourish,”
said Kenyatta adding that Kenya has set aside 150
million U.S. dollars this financial year to equip
technical and vocational training centers.
governments and their bilateral partners are committed
to strengthening the scientific and technical capacity
that is critical to accelerate industrial progress.
Cabinet Secretary for education, Dr Fred Matiangi said
that investments in vocational training alongside
critical disciplines like applied sciences, mathematics
and engineering will stimulate economic growth in
continent has an opportunity to sustain the current
economic growth trajectory by harnessing an
under-utilized scientific and technological potential,”
institutions are keen to play a central role in the
advancement of scientific and technological revolution
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.