Pillar 2: Science technology and innovation

Extracted from: Common African Position on the Post-2015 Development Agenda

27. MINDFUL of the importance of science, technology and innovation for the transformative agenda of the continent, and COGN IZANT of the low levels of technology development, transfer and utilization in Africa and its capacity deficits with respect to technology;

28. STRESSING the importance of access by all countries to environmentally sound technologies, new knowledge, know-how and expertise and the importance of cooperative action on technology innovation, research and development; we COMMIT to:

(a) Enhancing technological capacities for Africa’s transformative agenda

29. This will entail: enhancing the development, transfer and diffusion of technology and innovation in line with each country’s development needs; improving access to funding for home-grown technological innovations and to environmentally sound technologies; and strengthening the science and technology component of education curricula. It is also important to concentrate our efforts on developing technological capacities by enhancing utilization of ICT in key social and economic sectors.

(b) Building enabling environment for innovation

30. This will require strengthening the financial and regulatory environment to support an innovation culture by: strengthening and creating, where needed, African property rights institutions; protecting intellectual property and industrial rights; increasing funding for science and technology research and innovation; and fostering collaboration among African countries on science and technology for development.

(c) Increasing support for research and development

31. This requires: promoting greater links among academia, industry, government and civil society organizations with respect to their roles in R&D; marketing and commercialization of R&D; scaling up investments in science and technology parks; and encouraging action-oriented research at all levels of the education and training system.

(d) Optimal utilization of space and geospatial technologies

32. This will requires increasing investments and promoting human resources development in the management and deployment of space and geospatial technologies.