Celebrating Africa Day in Style: Showcasing Africa’s Innovations

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Africa Day, 25 May 2017, Pretoria, South Africa

This year’s Africa Day was commemorated differently with entrepreneurs and research oriented organisations showcasing innovations and also celebrating the good work the African scientists do. As part of commemoration, the Minister of Science and Technology of South Africa, Mrs Naledi Pandor launched the first Africa in Science book which showcases the outstanding work of 52 African scientists.

The book celebrates the excellent work being done by researchers on the continent in the areas of poverty, unemployment and inequality, and encourages more potential scientists to embark on the journey of science in Africa.

The 52 scientists included in the publication were nominated by their institutions for their outstanding contributions as African researchers in 2017.

On the other hand the NEPAD Agency also celebrated Africa Day under the African Union theme for 2017, Harnessing the Demographic Dividend through Investments in Youth, whereby entrepreneurs had the opportunity to showcase their innovations and also to share with the public in general the good work they are doing to find solutions to burdens faced by the African continent.

In his remarks Dr Ibrahim Mayaki, CEO of the NEPAD Agency, said: “The best way to believe in the future for Africa is to believe in our innovations and in our innovators”.

Africa Day provides an opportunity to reflect on and celebrate the progress made by Africans, as well as the common challenges and solutions the continent needs in a global environment.

Through collaborations Africa can find solutions to the long list of challenges faced by the continent, including diseases, poverty and unemployment, to name few. It is very important to nurture and support entrepreneurs or innovators to enable them to participate globally because they have great potential to solve problems and improve the socio-economic status of disadvantaged communities.

The implementation of the Science, Technology and Innovation Strategy for Africa (STISA 2024) and Agenda 2063 at national, regional and continental level can lead to achieving most of the continental set goals in the African Union Agenda 2063. “We need innovations to trigger technological developments and other advancements in the framework of Agenda 2063, Africa’s vision for transformation,” Dr Mayaki said.

The NEPAD-Southern Africa Network for Biosciences also showcased some of its projects as well as other opportunities in the network.

Link to the book: http://online.flipbuilder.com/siyc/sqnm/mobile/index.html#p=39