The Islamic Development Bank (IsDB), in partnership with the Government of the Republic of Mozambique and UNESCO, have launched a report on ''Mapping Research and Innovation in the Republic of Mozambique'', as part of the Bank's strategy to promote and strengthen Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) in the member countries for socio-economic development.
The report, which is based on UNESCO's Global Observatory of Science, Technology and Innovation Policy Instruments (GO-SPIN) methodology, comprises a thorough analysis of the STI ecosystem within the Republic of Mozambique and will guide the updating of the national STI Policy, as well as strengthen capabilities to produce accurate STI information for evidence-based decision making as well as the elimination of gender imbalance in STI.
This ceremony, which was conducted virtually on 18th February 2021 marks another significant milestone in reinforcing the Policy-making capacities of the Republic of Mozambique for a meaningful contribution towards the achievement of the sustainable development goals SDGs.
The keynote speakers were IsDB President, Dr. Bandar Hajjar, and H.E. Prof. Daniel Daniel Nivagara, Minister for Science and Technology, Higher and Technical Vocational Education, Republic of Mozambique.
H.E. Dr. Bandar Hajjar, in his statement, which addressed the Theme ''Strategic Interventions to Support Member Countries for Achievement of SDGs'', stated: ''The Bank will continue to foster and expand on partnerships, including this unique partnership between the IsDB, UNESCO and our Member Countries, as we continue to provide support to increase their competitiveness, by harnessing the power of Science, Technology and Innovation''.
Prof. Daniel Daniel Nivagara, in his address articulated on “STI for National Development, Economic and Social Prosperity”, and commended the partnership between his country, IsDB and UNESCO. He also praised all those who participated in developing the report which will give a strong support to his country in its efforts to modernise the economy and archive socioeconomic development based on the SDGs.
The report identifies a number of strategic areas of investment mainly: i) Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) and STI Policy; ii) Oil and Gas; and iii) Agriculture, to guide future investments in collaboration with the Bank.
The report may be accessed in English and Portuguese versions.