Research, Science, Technology and Innovation for Development
04 Nov 2014
Mr John Sifani, General Manager: Innovation and Technology Development, delivered the keynote address entitled “Research, Science, Technology and Innovation for Development”, at the UNAM Science Research Conference on 30 October 2014.
The role of science, technology and innovation to national development has been recognised the world over. Modern economics of science grew out of three main issues: the contribution of science to the advance of technology, and hence productivity and growth; the scientific knowledge and issues related to the productivities of scientist, demand and compensation. In the case of Namibia, this has led to the adoption of the National Research, Science and Technology Policy already in 1999 which was followed by the enactment of the Research Science and Technology Act, 2004 (Act no 23 of 2004). Further, Vision 2030 sets the goal of Namibia becoming “an industrialised country” changing its status from an upper-middle-income country to a high-income country. The fourth national Development Plan (NDP4) has identified the challenges related to the low level of R&D and innovation “R&D and innovation – which entail the commercially successful introduction or implementation of a new or improved product or process – are at a fairly low ebb in Namibia. To address these challenges and many other challenges facing the National System of innovation in Namibia, a commitment has been made through NDP4, to increase R&D spending to at least 0.3% of the GDP. The funding commitment would require to be followed by a number of interventions that are critically required to inculcate a research culture.
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