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African Union banks on ST & I to fast-track development

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Speaking during an interview at the sidelines of the 2015 African Higher Education Summit in Senegal, Dlamini-Zuma told SciDev.Net that Africa has articulated its development goals known as Agenda 2063 and would ride on the back of Science, Technology and Innovation Strategy for Africa (STISA) — a policy document adopted in June 2014 by the AU — to achieve this goal. 

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Dlamini- Zuma said: “If you look at our common position that we are using to appreciate science and technology, you will see that it is part of our Agenda 2063, which is that whether it is accepted globally or not, we will still implement it because it is what we think Africa needs. 

“And if the world accepts what Africa needs as part of what the world needs to do, that will be an honour for us, but if they don’t, we [will] still continue to do what we think Africa needs.”  

According to the AU chairperson, Africa can negotiate with the world on science and technology, “but we don’t need the world to tell us what we need in Africa and what we need to do in Africa.” The AU adopted the ten-year STISA-2024 following interaction between African policymakers and members of the academic institutions in Africa and in the diaspora.

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