The Minister of Science and Technology, Naledi Pandor, arrived in China last night to attend the fifth Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa (BRICS) Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) Ministerial Meeting.


The two-day meeting (from 17 to 18 July 2017), themed "Leading through Innovation and Deepening Cooperation", will address topics such as BRICS STI policies, cooperation in thematic areas, co-funding multilateral research and development projects, youth innovation and entrepreneurship, and science park cooperation.


Through sharing and learning from experience, the meeting will tackle global and regional economic and social challenges. It will also discuss the formulation of the BRICS Action Plan for Innovation Cooperation and the BRICS 2018 STI Work Plan. The Hangzhou Declaration will be issued after the meeting.


Minister Pandor is due back in South Africa on Wednesday.


Issued by the Department of Science and Technology.


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