Gambia is 6th in assessing national innovation system in Africa

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Dr. Phillip Mowoko, a representative from the African Union has underscored that The Gambia is the 6th country in Africa that is implementing programme in assessing national innovation system.

The AU official was speaking at the opening of a three-day capacity building workshop on method and frameworks for assessing national innovation system in The Gambia at a hotel in Kololi.

The workshop was organised by the Ministry of Higher Education, Research, Science and Technology (MOHERST).

He noted that the training would help assess the innovation of the African Union member states, saying the participants would go home with renewed hope of giving policy of national interest.

Dr. Mowoko, indicated that during the three-day event, participants would also be designing and evaluating different policies, saying the training would also identify strength and opportunity for the socio-economic development of the country.

Dr. Momodou Jange-Jallow, the deputy permanent secretary at the Ministry of Higher Education, Research, Science and Technology explained that government of The Gambia under the leadership of President Adama Barrow through the Higher Education Ministry believe that no meaningful socio-economic and cultural development can be achieved without the presence of the ministry.

“The ministry is fully committed to creating the enabling environment for the promotion and development of science, technology and innovation. Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) and its contribution to socio economic development become crucial not only to enable environment actors in national innovation system but to better define national and regional STI policies in Africa,” he added.

He, however, expressed delight in receiving the first hand information that The Gambia is in the stage six to run this programme.

Mucktar M.Y Darboe, director of Science, Research and Technology at MOHERST lamented that technology transforms the life of many people and is rapidly growing.

Darboe stated that business competition is growing through innovation.

Author: Pa Modou Cham