Israel facilitates Innovation Strategy Workshop

By John Churu, Gaborone, Botswana

Various stakeholders are facilitating a workshop in Botswana on national innovation strategy and funding framework on behalf of the Ministry of Tertiary Education, Research, Science and Technology. The workshop which is supported by the Ambassador of Israel to Botswana is based on Israel’s experiences and will give the Israel Innovation Authority perspective on developing policies, strategies and implementation framework for innovation and it’s funding at national level. The BIH is also among the concerned stakeholders.  

As Botswana builds a functional and integrated national innovation ecosystem, key to the workshop shall be capacity building on innovation for stakeholders, including the media, to appreciate how economies exploit new strategies for economic growth and employment creation and benefit economically through investments in innovation.

Botswana is ranked 89th on the 2017 Global Innovation Index (GII). The country is ranked 4th in the Sub-Saharan Africa region, coming in behind South Africa, Mauritius and Kenya respectively and ahead of Tanzania, Namibia and Rwanda.  

Israel is globally know as a start-up nation due to the numerous world class innovations that the country has put on the map over the years. The workshop presents the successes and challenges Israel experienced and will serve as advisory and learning points for adopting innovation as a national growth strategy. The workshop will be facilitated by an experienced Israel Innovation practitioner, Ms Anya Eldan.

The expert who will be presenting, Anya Eldan is the General Manager, Early Stage at the Israel Innovation Authority (formerly the Office of Chief Scientist). Managing existing programs, such as Early Stage Fund and Technological Incubators and developing new programs to foster innovation. Anya has over 25 years of executive experience in High Tech and Life Sciences companies, Venture Capital Investments and Technology Transfer ventures. Anya has a proven track record of private and public fundraising.

In the 2017 Global Innovation Index Israel climbed 4 spots to the 17th place on the list, far ahead of many other developed and Western countries. The Global Innovation Index 2017 (GII) ranks the innovation performance of nearly 130 countries and economies around the globe annually. The GII seeks to shed light on countries' competitiveness, based on 81 indicators. In this year’s report, Switzerland again topped the list, for the 7th year in a row, followed this year by Sweden, Netherlands, US and UK.

The report says Israel achieved the top spot in the region, ranked 1st in the Northern Africa and Western Asia region. Over the last 7 years, Israel has exhibited consistent ranking as the number 1 economy in the Northern Africa and Western Asia region and has kept its position among the top 25 GII-ranked high-income economies.

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