6th Innovation Prize for Africa competition opens in Accra

Professor Frimpong Boateng(right)being assisted by other  officials to officially open the Business  Fair

Professor Frimpong Boateng(right)being assisted by other officials to officially open the Business Fair

Professor Kwabena Frimpong Boateng, the Minister of Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation (MESTI) has urged the youth to be innovative to help provide solutions to the challenges confronting the country.

He noted that innovation and creativity would end poverty and enhance job creation in Ghana and Africa.

Speaking at the sixth edition of Innovation Prize for Africa (IPA), in Accra yesterday, Prof. Boateng said innovation was the backbone of every economy.

The event, being attended by more than 500 innovators and entrepreneurs from across the globe is under the theme “Investing in Home Grown Innovation: Opportunities for Ghanaians.”

It is being held by the Ghana Investment Promotion Center (GIPC), in collaboration with MESTI, the Ghana @ 60 Planning Committee and African Innovation Foundation (AIF).

It is expected to create a network of innovative thinkers to help advance socio-economic growth.  .

Prof. Frimpong Boateng said that Ghana was selected to host the 2017 IPA because of its commitment towards innovation.

He mentioned that, Ghana had created a niche for itself, given that the country recorded  significant progress in many aspects of development.

“With the presence of world class accelerators and incubators, Ghana in recent years has become a noted sub regional hub for excellence in innovation” he said.

The Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation Minister said Ghana was opened for business, as a new crop of young innovators were creating new business opportunities.

“As we celebrate the 60 years anniversary of our independence, we are looking forward and committed to putting innovation at the core of our national agenda,” he said.

In an interview with The Ghanaian Times, the Chief Executive Officer of (GIPC), Yofi Grant underscored the need to encourage local innovators and entrepreneurs in Ghana.

He, therefore, advised the government to invest in innovation as it contributed to the development of the economy.

By Benedicta Gyimaah Folley    

 

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