ESWATINI HAS WEAK SYSTEMS OF INNOVATION
On the continent it has been reported that Eswatini has weak systems of innovation, according to Madoda Mdziniso from the Directorate of Research, Science, Technology and Innovation at the ministry of information, communication and technology.
Sharing with journalists on developments in the Science, Technology and Innovation Policy (STI) Mdziniso observed that institutions were already established citing the Royal Science and Technology Park where the meeting was held as an example but there are no researches, also no university and industry collaborations; also low funding and therefore Eswatini was one of the countries spending very little in this regard. On what government had done to improve system of innovation Mdziniso highlighted that in 2012 it established the RSTI Park and for the facility to be fully functional it needed a policy which was established in 2014.
In 2016 it ratified the of RSTI and last year the directorate pioneered research and development services whose results will be published in the Africa Outlook edition of 2018. Now government has embarked on reviewing the 2012 policy to address the emergent shortcomings and now the draft has been reviewed and being refined by consultants for tabling in Parliament.