Principal Secretary Tanui has underscored the vital role of KoTDA in powering the country’s ambition to become a knowledge-based economy adding that the global conference presents an opportunity towards the accelerated development of the Technopolis, the country and the Africa continent.

 “Science Parks and areas of innovation hold the key to unlocking these pressing challenges by disrupting the norms, incremental development and collaborative action leveraging the strengths of each demographic. The IASP network provides excellent opportunities for such collaborations to be initiated,

“As a science park and area of innovation, Konza Technopolis stands on the shoulders of the IASP 2024 conference to showcase its impact and value proposition, communicate progress and champion an accelerated moment building on the provisions of the Digital Economy Blueprint which notes that the economies of most countries are managed and underpinned by digital technologies,” added Tanui.

He further noted that Africa’s Science, innovation ecosystem is still developing, but urgently needs to mature to address the local challenges to ensuring it is not left behind in the wake of the 4th industrial revolution noting that the conference provides a pivotal moment for the continent to achieve this shift working with the world nations.

“It is therefore key that we present a strong case for Africa in the IASP 2024 conference. It is our time to lead. Let us rise to the occasion.

The 2024 IASP conference is therefore a great milestone for the continent and a significant one for us in Kenya and Africa,” noted Tanui.

“The conference presents 15 subthemes as you have seen that present the most pressing Global needs of this decade. I invite you to be in the room in September, to play a part in making this momentous occasion to deliver impact before, during and long beyond the conference period, “added Tanui.

PS Tanui further noted that the country is committed to developing joint projects and initiatives that address the common challenges and needs of the African Science, Technology and innovation ecosystems in addition to aligning the science and technology policies with the regional and continental agendas including Africa Agenda 2063.

Also in attendance during the ASP partner breakfast meeting was IASP Network CEO, Ms. Ebba Lund Ebba, Investment and Trade PS Abu-Bakr Hassan, Industrialization PS Dr. Juma Mukhwana, Konzatech Chairman Prof. Raphael Munavu, Konza CEO Mr. John Paul Okwiri, Kenya Space Agency Director General Brigadier Hillary Biwott Kipkosgey among other key stakeholders.