National innovation conference will be tasked to draft a roadmap for implementation
The Ministry of Higher Education, Training and Innovation will host an innovation conference early next month, which it said will be the point of departure for an updated assessment of innovation initiatives with the ultimate objective to translate this into a contextually relevant policy.
Describing it as the first-ever national innovation conference, acting Permanent Secretary in the higher education ministry, Dr Lisho Mundia, said it is a partnership between his ministry, UNESCO and the Korean International Cooperation Agency.
The main theme is “Forging a Namibian Consensus on Innovation” with specific focus on developing innovation acceleration platforms, science parks and technology business incubators.
The three-day conference is scheduled from 6 to 8 February and the venue is the Windhoek Country Club Resort.
Deliberations will be conducted under the categories, Innovation Support, Innovation Value Chains, and Innovation Acceleration with the ultimate goal to draft a national Innovation Strategy Roadmap.
“The main objective is to take stock of the current creative and innovation initiatives within the National Innovation System to develop a contextually relevant innovation policy, strategy and implementation roadmap, to enhance Namibia’s global competitiveness,” stated the acting PS.
The conference is open to multi-sectoral and multi-disciplinary stakeholders in the national innovation system including, specifically policymakers, representatives of civil society, universities, research and innovation institutions, and venture capital investors.