By Philippine News Agency
Morocco, Tanzania and Rwanda lead in Africa on science, technology and innovation capacity, according to a new report.
The Africa Capacity Report made public on Tuesday was conducted by the Africa Capacity Building Foundation, a continental organization established by African governments and development partners.
Morocco scored 71.6, Tanzania 68.8 and Rwanda 68.2 index values, the report shows.
The calculations were made against quantitative and qualitative assessment of components including policy environment, implementation, development results at country level and capacity development outcomes.
Of the 44 countries surveyed, 20.5 percent are in the high bracket and 4.5 percent in the low bracket, while 75 percent fall within the medium bracket.
The Institute of Policy Analysis and Research (IPAR Rwanda) conducted the Rwandan case study.
Eugenia Kayitesi, Executive Director of IPAR Rwanda, said the results of the study represent Rwanda’s opportunity to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.
“Science, technology and innovation is an enabling factor in the implementation of a number of development programs like in the health sector, water, education. It is going to be very enabling to the implementation of SDGs,” she said.
Rwanda Innovation Fund for Science and Technology has a budget of over 100 million U.S. dollars given to young innovators for research and development, specifically in the field of ICT.