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THE MINISTRY OF INFRASTRUCTURE, SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY HOSTS...
05/09/11

THE MINISTRY OF INFRASTRUCTURE, SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY HOSTS THE FIRST EVER SCIENCE PITSO ON 08 SEPTEMBER 2011


The Ministry of Infrastructure, Science and Technology will host the first ever Science Pitso in this country on 08 September 2011. As the Ministry mandated to coordinate science and technology research in Botswana, the Ministry of Infrastructure, Science and Technology has found it fit to call on scientists and other interested parties to converge at the Maharaja Conference Centre and discuss science and technology research and its future in this country.

This will be a one day event whose theme will be; “The role of research, science, technology and innovation on economic development.” Other topics will touch on the role of the Private Sector, the Research, Science and Technology Innovation Policy, Technology Transfer and Commercialization, and Nuclear Technology Application in Botswana. The Pitso which is expected to bring about more than 200 delegates from government, the private sector and parastatals, aims to provide a platform for interaction between the Ministry and stakeholders to dialogue on Botswana’s research, science and technology landscape and also on policy and strategic direction for future development. Knowledgeable presenters from such organizations as BOTEC, RIPCO, Botswana Innovation Hub, Department of Radiation Protection, Department of Research, Science and Technology and reputable academic institutions like the University of Botswana and the Botswana International University of Science and Technology will grace the Pitso.

The Pitso also aims to highlight efforts for inclusive participation of the public, private and academic sectors in research, funding and capacity development. The academia is seen as pivotal to scientific research because they can help streamline curriculum to guide development in science and technology. They will thus be prominently represented at this Pitso.

The Pitso will also provide an opportunity for stakeholders to dialogue on the Science and Technology Policy to see how it can be improved or reviewed. There has been a lot of developments in the global arena in terms of science and technology research. This has led to a need to review the current Science and Technology in order to align it to current trends in world affairs. Lack of relevant infrastructure to implement the policy has in the past been identified by many as one of the impediments to the growth of science, technology and innovation research in this country. The Science Pitso therefore, offers an opportunity for stakeholders to share ideas, experiences and and expertise on what direction can be taken to move science and technology to the next level.

The Ministry of Infrastructure, Science and Technology intends to host the Pitso annually in order to allow stakeholders to regularly reflect on past recommendations and review any progress that could have been made.

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