The Roundtable’s topic is Witnessing a new era for the bioeconomy in Africa.
Africa is the next big opportunity for the Bioeconomy with its huge reservoirs in biomass, unused arable land and untapped treasures of biodiversity. The continent also needs to respect its continental boundaries, its large dominating rural areas, but also emerging preurban and urban agglomerations, and its small retail economic structures which cannot be compared with other continents.
South Africa for more than a decade is leading the development of a Bioeconomy in Africa, recently followed by the East African Community, Namibia etc. This is the first time that a dedicated African Round Table takes place in which the many diverse aspects of African bioeconomies from North to South and East to West are discussed.
The Roundtable will be held on 25 April 2023 15:00–17:30 (EAT) 14:00–16:30 (CET)
Opening remarks by Jukka Kantola and Flora Ismail Tibazarwa: Status review on on-going “a global hub for the bioeconomy” survey
Introduction of the topic by Dr. Christian Patermann
Keynote Address: The state of bioeconomy Eastern Africa Community 2022 by Dr. Philip Osano
Introduction presentations by the panellists
Dr. Vuyisile Phehane: Executive on Bio-Economy at Technology Innovation Agency, South Africa
Paulus Mungeyi: Manager of the Biotechnology Division, National Commission on Research, Science and Technology, Namibia
Dr. Safietou Sanfo: Regional Thematic Coordinator, WASCAL, Burkina Faso
Muyambi Fortunate: Deputy Executive Secretary (Projects and Programme) at East Africa Science and Technology Commission