Botswana approves Innovation Fund
INNOVATIONS| July 14, 2014, 8:15 a.m.
By John Churu, Gaborone, Botswana
The Botswana government is making concerted efforts to catch up with other countries in Africa like Rwanda and South Africa, who are speeding ahead in the faculty of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) by making appropriate and enabling legislature towards that.
Speaking during the just ended 12th Southern Africa Research and Innovation Management Association Conference (SARIMA) Professor Torto of Botswana said parliament has already approved a National Innovation Fund which will provide seed and early stage funding for technology based start-ups and ventures as well as established companies with viable innovation concepts.
Torto said in this day and age science engineering technology and Innovation (SETI) “hold answers to new complex challenges that governments are facing. He commended the host country Botswana for making significant strides in mapping the landscape of science, technology and innovation in short (STI) so as to embolden national frameworks.
In this light, according to Torto, the country was poised to tackle impossible decisions as well as reform and upgrade the country’s science systems and also build capacity for monitoring and evaluating performance.
“Over the past 60 years both developed and developing countries have recognised this fact by increasing the number of SETI government bodies, establishing new SETI legal frameworks as well as implementing a diverse set of new SETI policy instruments,” said Prof. Torto.
To date, Botswana has invested in two new institutions of higher learning which in their nature are public universities. One of these focuses on science and engineering while the other takes the agriculture and natural resources slant. In this regard, Torto said building a sound higher education system has now become a “national priority.”
He said although funding and financing research and innovation was an expensive enterprise, it was critical for both Botswana and other countries to build an inclusive and diverse knowledge society.
The objectives of the 12th SARIMA conference were to develop the discipline of research and innovation, including professional development promotion of best practices in order to foster and coordinate activities related to research and management at local, national, regional as well as international level.
MORE INNOVATIONS NEWS
Kenya to host a high level international discussion on ‘innovating in Africa’Senior participants from the Kenyan private sector, the international business community, the Kenyan government, media and international institutions are set to join a high-level breakfast meeting organised by The Economist Events on September 30th at the Serena Hotel in Nairobi. Read More
Eric Leger with BMW, Chick shackSchneider Electric, a global specialist in energy management, held its epic Xperience Efficiency event for the first time in South Africa at the end of August 2014. Read More
Kenya’s BRCK ships over 600 devicesKenyan-developed modem-cum-router BRCK has shipped over 600 devices to 45 countries since it was launched with the goal of providing internet connectivity in off-grid rural areas. Read More
Tigo DRC to fund innovative social projectsMobile operator Tigo has, in partnership with Reach for Change, launched the second phase of a campaign aimed at funding social projects in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Read More
Samsung brings its vision for the ‘Home of the Future’ to IFA 2014Samsung CEO Boo-Keun Yoon says the consumer electronics industry needs to agree on open industry standards so that the future home can adapt to the unique needs of people. Read More
World Panel Zambia launches solar chargersWorld Panel Zambia Ltd has launched its durable World Panel solar panels, which charge mobile phones as fast as a wall plug does. Read More
Ghanaian partnership to battle Cholera, Ebola through techThe Pharmaceutical Society of Ghana (PSGH) has partnered with mPedigree Network and PopOut to launch the PREVENT initiative, which looks to employ technology to crack down on fake and counterfeit medicines. Read More
BMW electric car to be showcased at Schneider Electric Xperience Efficiency eventSchneider Electricwill be showcasing the BMW i3 electric vehicle at its prestigious Xperience Efficiency event in Johannesburg, South Africa, from 26-27 August 2014. Read More
Rwandan incubator receives over 100 applicationsRwandan tech incubator think has received over 100 applications from nine countries, and is encouraging more ahead of the August 15 deadline. Read More
Cognisant Computing one of the strongest forces in consumer ITCognisant computing — the next phase of the personal cloud movement — will become one of the strongest forces in consumer-focused IT, according to Gartner. Read More
FEATURED STORYMFarmer SMS redefines market access for Ugandan farmers
Ugandan smallholder farmers are benefitting from an ambitious innovative ICT mobile phone initiative that offers weather reports and up-to-date market information about changes in prices for agricultural commodities, thus granting them lucrative returns from their farming ventures.
BEST READ NEWS
IN DEPTHNIG President speaks his mind
Bayo Banjo, CEO, Disc Communications and President, Nigeria Internet Group (NIG) says the proposed licensing of infrastructure companies by the Nigeria Communications Commission (NCC) will breed corruption and entrench monopolistic practices. Kokumo Goodie reports.
COMPANY NEWSVMware announces general availability of new solutions for building, managing and protecting softwar
VMware has announced the general availability of VMware NSX 6.1, VMware vCenter Site Recovery Manager 5.8, VMware vCloud Suite 5.8, VMware vRealize Operations Insight, VMware vRealize Suite ...