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High-level meeting planned to set innovation agenda as new draft White Paper launched

The Presidency is to lead a Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) “Plenary meeting” involving major sectors of South African government and society, Science and Technology Minister (Ms) MT Kubayi-Ngubane told the media on Monday. No date for the meeting was given.

“South Africa needs to set its innovation agenda at the highest level of government and business so that all actors pursue the same objectives and pool resources where possible,” she said. “The Presidency will therefore chair an STI Plenary meeting, involving business leaders, academic experts in the field of STI, government departments that have a focus on STI, and leaders from civil society. Among other matters, the STI Plenary will discuss STI priorities.”

The Minister was publicly launching the Department of Science and Technology’s draft White Paper on Science, Technology and Innovation. This is intended to replace its original White Paper on Science and Technology, adopted in 1996.

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