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"As we go forward, we will seek to be transactional in maintaining and strengthening the governance architecture, but we will also be transformational as we prepare the citizens for the new economy that requires the development of new parameters in education, innovation, and enterprise", - His Excellency, Dr Hage Geingob, President of the Republic of Namibia

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21 Sep 2016

The National Commission on Research Science and Technology (NCRST) today officially opened the 2nd National Research Symposium 2016, which will take place as of today until 23 September in Windhoek.

The National Research Symposium, the second of its kind, is part the NCRST’s efforts to garner public support for researchers’ results, by encouraging the dissemination and publication of research findings. Apart from providing a platform for researchers to communicate their research results with peers, the symposium is a point for interfacing between researchers and policy makers as well as funders of research. It presents a platform for a conversation between academia and industry, which also provides opportunity for commercialisation of research results.

 “I note with satisfaction that the National Commission on Research, Science and Technology (NCRST), together with all stakeholders have pulled its weight towards the goal of socio-economic development by convening a National Conference of this magnitude. 

It is pleasing to note that Namibia’s scientific productivity and innovation capability have improved since the 1990s. In the mid-1990s Namibia’s researchers produced less than 50 peer-reviewed publications (international, journals, ranked conferences and books). By 2015, Namibian researchers, were producing at least 150 international publications. The country’s researchers are also publishing in national scientific journals and participating in a wide range of international research programmes and conferences”, said Hon Dr. Itah Kandjii-Murangi, Minister of Higher Education, Training and Innovation, at the official opening Ceremony.

Considering intellectual property in general and patents in particular as indicators of the innovativeness and innovation capacity or potential of Namibia, the country has increased its number of trademark registrations, patent applications and registrations, and industrial design registrations since the beginnings of the 2000s. According to 2016 data from the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), country’s number of patents granted internationally increased from one patent in 2004 to eight patents in 2014.