Government and industry associations to discuss their role in innovation

Large-scale disruption and fast-changing competitive patterns are a norm in today's economic landscape. Innovation is a bedrock of successful firms and economies. In this context, firms draw not only from their internal resources but also from actors in their external environments, including industry associations, universities, consultants, and governments. Industry associations, in particular, already play a pivotal role in supporting firms to adapt to new trends through the support they offer to their members.


South African stakeholders from government, industry and business will come together to discuss innovation and Industry 4.0 at the Industry Associations Innovation Day 2018.

The event is a collaboration between Business Unity South Africa, the Department of Science and Technology (DST), and the Human Science Research Council's Centre for Science, Technology and Innovation Indicators (CeSTII). The Industry Associations Innovation Day will take place at the Canvas Riversands, Fourways, on 25 May 2018.


All across the world governments are spearheading efforts to measure innovation in their economies. Why? Because it is only by working with businesses that they can figure out what policies are helping or where improvements are needed.  Innovation data is vital for a more innovative South Africa.


CeSTII, on behalf of the DST, is conducting South Africa's Business Innovation Survey, covering the period 2014-2016. The survey will examine innovation activities in about 5 000 enterprises—from very small to very large, and across a range of industries. Fieldwork for the survey is currently under way and will conclude at the end of August. Companies are welcome to participate. For more information on the survey go to or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


The media are invited as follows:

Date:       25 May 2018

Venue:    The Canvas Riversands, Fourways

Time:      08:30-14:00


For media confirmation and interviews, contact Julian Leshilo-Sebake at 060 961 2194 or Manusha Pillai at 082 389 3587.


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