Wednesday, 4 May 2011

Welcome to the second session of the

Committee on Development Information Science and Technology (CODIST-II)
"Innovation for Industrial Development in Africa"

2 - 5 May 2011,United Nations Conference Centre(UNCC), Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

The overall theme of CODIST-II “Innovation for Industrial Development in Africa” is aimed at exploring the extent to which African countries have harnessed the power of innovation to enhance industrial development on the continent and the extent to which industrial development has been linked to the countries innovation systems.
The speaker of the East Africa Assembly H.E ABDI

There is no doubt that industrial development is critical to changing and modernizing Africa’s economic structure. This would entail amongst other issues, the application of new technologies to production and thereby increasing and diversifying exports and move the region from its continued dependence on low value-added and unstable primary products.

The meeting will examine in detail the following:
  1. Innovation strategies and industrial development plans - the streamlining of the STI strategies into industrial development policies as well as the overall national development plans of African countries;

Enabling environment, innovation and industrial development- governance of technology and innovation and the legal and regulatory mechanisms that affect the transfer, diffusion and adoption of science, technology and innovation (STI);
S&T and R&D for industrial development: national and institutional lessons and experiences - linkages and collaboration between R&D institutions and the industrial sector in Africa;


Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) innovation and industrial development
- ICT innovations and industrial sector development opportunities and challenges;
The Nigerian delegation

GIS innovations and industrial development in Africa; and

Ayoub mzee with the Tanzania ambassador in Ethiopia
  1. Knowledge, innovation and industrial development - the role of information and knowledge management as a facilitator of innovation and industrial development in Africa.

The session will review progress made by the ECA and member States towards implementing the recommendations of CODIST-I.

Press Releases: Secretary Clinton to Travel to Rome, ItalyFri, 29 Apr 2011 16:49:25 -0500

Secretary Clinton to Travel to Rome, Italy
Media Note
Mark C. TonerActing Deputy SpokesmanOffice of the Spokesman
Washington, DC
April 29, 2011
Secretary of State Clinton will travel to Rome, Italy May 4-6 to participate in a meeting of the Libya Contact Group. The Rome meeting will build on the last Contact Group meeting held in Doha and will allow the United States to discuss with its international partners the ongoing implementation of United Nations Security Council Resolutions 1970 and 1973.
Secretary Clinton will also conduct a series of bilateral meetings, including Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, President Giorgio Napolitano, and Foreign Minister Franco Frattini. Assistant Secretary Philip H. Gordon and Assistant Secretary Jeffery Feltman will accompany the Secretary on this trip.

Press Releases: Special Envoy Lyman Dispatched to Darfur Peace Talks in Doha, Observe Southern Kordofan ElectionsThu, 28 Apr 2011 16:39:21 -0500

Special Envoy Lyman Dispatched to Darfur Peace Talks in Doha, Observe Southern Kordofan Elections
Media Note
Office of the Spokesman
Washington, DC
April 28, 2011
President Obama has dispatched Ambassador Princeton Lyman, the U.S. Special Envoy for Sudan, to on-going peace talks in Doha, Qatar. Ambassador Lyman travels tonight to Doha where he will join U.S. Senior Advisor on Darfur Dane Smith in urging the Sudanese Government and Darfuri armed movements to use the remaining weeks of the Doha talks to reach a political agreement, commit to an immediate ceasefire, and take immediate steps to improve security and humanitarian conditions on the ground in Darfur. Following their participation in the Doha talks, Ambassadors Lyman and Smith will travel to Darfur to evaluate conditions on the ground and explore mechanisms to more fully involve the Darfuri people in the peace process.
Ambassador Lyman also plans to travel to Southern Kordofan, where gubernatorial and legislative elections will be held May 2-4. There, he will join other international officials in observing the polling process and will discuss with Sudanese authorities the way ahead on the region’s popular consultations, a critical element of the 2005 Comprehensive Peace Agreement that remains outstanding.
During his trip, the Special Envoy will also meet with Northern and Southern leaders in Khartoum and Juba as part of sustained dialogue with Sudanese officials on a wide range of issues, including full and timely implementation of the 2005 Comprehensive Peace Agreement and resolution of the Darfur conflict.