ICSU ROA participates in 8th African Unity for Renaissance Conference and Africa Day Expo and Exhibitions
The ICSU Regional Office for Africa, in collaboration with the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC), Department of Science and Technology (DST), National Research Foundation (NRF) and other partners from South Africa organized the 8th edition of the Africa Unity for Renaissance Conference (AURC) and Africa Day Expo and Exhibition in Johannesburg, South Africa, 23 – 25 May 2018.
The Conference had the main theme of “Accelerating Industrialization in Africa: Implications for Job Creation and Poverty Alleviation.” It was aimed at interrogating key factors that impinge on Africa’s industrialization aspirations with particular focus on; the global and local policy and institutional regime, hard infrastructure, local and regional economic linkages (e.g. Special Economic Zones), human capital development, national systems of innovation and the role of natural resources endowment in the milieu.
The conference drew participation from both the natural and social scientific community (and both established and early career scientists), policy makers and think-tanks, UN agencies, the diplomatic community. It concluded with an Outcome Statement addressed to the governments and policy makers of African countries, alerting them to their responsibilities towards attaining the Africa’s industrialization in this era of the 4th Industrial Revolution globally.
An Expo and Exhibition to mark the Annual Africa Day Celebrations instituted by the African Union was another highlight of the conference and took place at the Ditsong National Museum of Cultural History in Pretoria, South Africa.