ESWATINI HAS WEAK SYS­TEMS OF IN­NO­VA­TION

Observer on Saturday - - News -

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.

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