GABORONE, August 22, (AfricaBusiness.com) – For the first time, Botswana will this year host Innovation Africa conference 2013, which will see ICT, and Science and technology brains as well as ministers of education from all over Africa converge to share skills and ideas on how investments in ICT and technology in the continent could be driven.
Botswana Minister of Education and Skills Development Pelonomi Venson-Moitoi will officiate the event, billed October 15 to 17 in the capital Gaborone. Over 200 stakeholders are expected to show up for the gathering.
“The purpose of the summit is to connect industry to government and civil society and carry on the need and opportunity for greater public private partnership in education, science and research in sub-Saharan Africa,” organizer of the summit,” a subsidy of The Brains Network, AfricanBrains said in a statement today ahead of the meeting .
Central to the success of the event is the participation of the private sector committing to investing in ICT, science and research.
Such investment should be directed to ensure that the output of education matches the input requirements of industry and the labour market.
“This is a multi-stakeholder process and Innovation Africa is a central pillar in bringing together the key decision-makers from both government and industry,” the organizer said.
Innovation Africa is a meetings-based event for ministers and captains of industry to engage in discussions. The event will incorporate — with 30 ministries and 200 investors, and over 700 simultaneous private meetings set against a backdrop of morning discussion based sessions where all participating ministers and deputies for education and ICT in sub-Sahara Africa take part in panel discussions that will tackle a number of key topics, including among other, ICT for Education, Technologies, Standards, E-Learning & M-Learning, Curriculum Development & Teacher Training, Communications Infrastructure, Broadband and Last Mile Connectivity and Vocational Skills & Reforming Higher Education, Rural Educational Development, Special Needs & Community Access.
Other covers early Learning & Innovative Teaching Models, Science, Mathematics, Engineering & Technology, University Research, African Digital Content, Libraries & Learning Resources and Technology Innovation Hubs, Digital Media & Knowledge Economy
The summit is being held under the Patronage of The Botswana Ministry of Education & Skills Development and will feature a welcome address by Minister Pelonomi Venson-Moitoi.
“As well as being of regional significance the event will demonstrate Botswana as the ideal host country and that the Botswana Ministry of Education & Skills Development is an innovator in education and a leader in attracting and determining public-private sector partnerships,” Managing Director of AfricanBrains, John Glassey said.
Glassey said they will all be present to meet with ministers and officials and have the opportunity to further look at the potential of Botswana which now has an established Education Hub and is developing an Innovation Hub in conjunction with a technology park in Gaborone.
“This is a great opportunity to further attract foreign direct investment into Botswana especially in the ICT and science sectors. Botswana in turn, has the opportunity to leverage such investor interest by being a technology hub for the region, advancing vocational development for young Botswana while also attracting international skills,” he said.
AfricanBrains has been working closely with the Botswana Ministry of Education and Skills Development to aximize the number of participating ministers and officials from across the continent which in turn will further attract more industry investors to participate.
To date, Innovation Africa 2013 has confirmation of ministerial participation from the following countries: Botswana, Burundi, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Mozambique, Rwanda, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda and Zimbabwe with more to follow.