The United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and the Ministry of Science, Technology and Higher Education signed a memorandum to promote innovation in the country, they announced in a statement this Monday (29).
Thus, the UNDP will collaborate with the Mozambican government through its Acceleration Laboratory to design a national platform to facilitate “the sharing of innovative ideas and solutions for the sustainable development of Mozambican society,” focusing on socio-economic and environmental areas.
The memorandum also foresees “the promotion of events and other means to empower Mozambican innovators and entrepreneurs,” as well as “the promotion of actions aimed at stimulating the innovative spirit in society.
“The lack of adequate infrastructure for scientific research, reduced public funding,” and the low “qualification of human resources” are challenges that the country faces in the area of technology, said the Minister of Science, Technology and Higher Education, Daniel Nivagara, quoted in the document.
The Mozambican government hopes that the memorandum will help to improve the context.
The Acceleration Laboratory is a UNDP project launched in 2019 that aims to promote innovative methodologies and solutions with a view to sustainable development in the different countries in which it operates, in line with the technical support role of that United Nations agency.
“With initial funding for a three-year duration, the Acceleration Lab will work with a diverse group of partners and will establish strategic links with government institutions, academia, the private sector and society,” he concluded.