Hosted by the Government of Namibia through the National Commission on Research, Science and Technology, and Supported by the European Commission and African Union Commission, IST-Africa Week 2017 (May) is the twelfth in an annual series of Ministerial Level Technology Research Conferences.
Focused on ICT-enabled Innovation, Science and Technology related policy dialogues, Global Development, Research and Innovation Cooperation and Community Building, each conference brings together senior representatives of leading public, private, education and research organisations from 50 countries to discuss policy, share insight and identify collaboration opportunities.
IST-Africa Week is the flagship event of the IST-Africa initiative, co-funded under the European Framework Programme since 2005 - current Contract No. 723240.
The goals of the IST-Africa Conference Series are to
- Promote International Research, Innovation and Policy Cooperation and Coordination
- Showcase African Research and Innovation Capacity
- Stimulate exploitation of research results by the public, private and societal sectors
- Support Development of the Information Society and Knowledge Economy in Africa
The 7th Annual IST-Africa Workshop on Open Innovation, ICT and Social Entrepreneurship in Africa will take place as a pre-conference event with other co-located multi-lateral and bi-lateral meetings taking place during the week.