- 25 November, 2016: A two-day workshop on Innovation with the objective of establishing a regional innovation alliance among Small Island Developing States (SIDS) of the Indian Ocean region, kicked off on 24 November 2016, at Voilà Hotel, Bagatelle.
The workshop is being run in cooperation with the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) in partnership with the Ministry of Technology, Communication and innovation and Mauritius Research Council.
It will enable all the participants to share their experiences in the field of innovation from a national and regional perspective, as well as highlight the importance of technology and innovation in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
This forum will also provide a platform to allow knowledge/technology transfer, and collaboration among SIDS in the region and explore the possibility of initiating a Regional Innovation Alliance among SIDS and the setting up of a Regional Innovation Centre.
In his address at the opening of the Workshop, the Minister of Technology, Communication and Innovation, Mr Etienne Sinatambou, underlined the importance of having a regional partnership and collaboration among SIDS, in order to deal with the unique and particular vulnerability of SIDS that hinders their sustainable development.
‘Regional cooperation among SIDS and a common interest will help us find that collaboration is very near to be a solution to many of the problems that our respective countries are facing’, he stated.
Speaking about the crucial importance of technology to facilitate achievement of the 17 SDGs, the Minister highlighted government’s commitment to progress towards driving a culture of innovation by earmarking a substantial funding for an innovation cluster and to implement necessary recommendations to address economic, environmental and developmental challenges facing SIDS.
The different sessions of the workshop are to bring together various stakeholders from academia, research, business world and various ministries, with focus on research and innovation, capacity building to address innovation issues, aligned to the SDGs set up by the United Nations. Foreign delegates will present a situational analysis of Innovation in their respective countries as well as national strategies and priorities in terms of sustainable development.
It is also envisaged to develop a common framework to address Innovation in the region.
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