Africa’s industrialisation top of the agenda at the 8th AUR Conference

The Department of Science and Technology, together with its entity the Human Science Research Council will mark Africa Day with the convening of the 8th African Unity for Renaissance International Conference and an Africa Day Expo from the 23-24 May.


The events will bring together continental experts to look at the question of Africa’s industrialisation and associated benefits.


Themed Accelerating Industrialisation in Africa: Implications for Job Creation and Poverty Alleviation, the conference at Saint George Hotel in Irene, Pretoria is scheduled from 23rd to 24th May 2018.  Deliberations will culminate in an Africa Day celebration at Ditsong Museums of South Africa on 25th May 2018.


The Conference, which forms part of the South Africa’s Africa Month commemoration, is aimed at bringing together thought leaders and academics who will share their views on the key factors to support the continental vision for industrialisation.


Particular attention will be focused on the global and local policy, institutional regime, hard infrastructure, local and regional economic linkages (e.g. Special Economic Zones), human capital development, national systems of innovation and the role of natural resources endowment which support industrialisation.


The conference is organised in partnership with the South African Department of Science and Technology (DST), Thabo Mbeki African Leadership Institute (TMALI), Tshwane University of Technology (TUT), City of Tshwane (CoT), International Council for Science – Regional Office for Africa (ICSU), Water Research Commission (WRC), University of South Africa (UNISA), and Ditsong Museum of South Africa.


Media is invited to attend as follows:

Date                                       :           Wednesday 23 May 2018

Time                                       :           08h00 - 10h15

Venue                                    :           Saint George Hotel and Conference Centre, PTA


Issued by the Department of Science and Technology and the HSRC.


For more information, please contact Thabang Setlhare from the DST and This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 072 659 9690  and Adziliwi

Nematandani-HSRC,  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or 0827659191


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