Record numbers expected at Innovation Africa

A record number of Ministers and government officials is expected to attend Innovation Africa 2013, to be held in Botswana in October.

Innovation Africa 2013 will be held at the Gaborone International Convention Centre in Botswana from October 15-17. The organisers, AfricanBrains - part of The Brains Network – say the summit will connect industry to government & civil society and carry on the need and opportunity for greater public private partnership in education, science and research in sub-Saharan Africa.

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. 

AfricanBrains has been working closely with Minister Pelonomi Venson-Moitoi and her team to maximise 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.

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) over 700 simultaneous private meetings during the two afternoons which is set against a backdrop of morning Q&A 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:

  • ICT for Education, Technologies, Standards, E-Learning & M-Learning 
  • Curriculum Development & Teacher Training
  • Communications Infrastructure, Broadband and Last Mile Connectivity
  • Vocational Skills & Reforming Higher Education
  • Rural Educational Development, Special Needs & Community Access
  • Early Learning & Innovative Teaching Models
  • Science, Mathematics, Engineering & Technology
  • University Research, African Digital Content, Libraries & Learning Resources
  • Technology Innovation Hubs, Digital Media & Knowledge Economy

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