Namibia poor in research and development

29 Nov 2017 21:20pm
KEETMANSHOOP, 29 NOV (NAMPA) – Namibia is ranked a poor 97th out of 127 countries in the 2017 Global Innovation Index, National Commission on Research, Science and Technology (NCRST) General Manager for Innovation and Technology Development, Vincent Nowaseb said.
In his presentation at the launch of the //Kharas Innovation Hub (KIH) here on Wednesday, Nowaseb said in the Innovation Input Sub-Index, Namibia was ranked 113th in Business Sophistication and 97th in Market Sophistication.
It clocked another dismal 94th spot under the same sub-index for Human Capital and Research.
Nowaseb agreed that the figures for Masters and Doctoral degrees in the country were “quite poor”.
For Infrastructure, Namibia managed 94th place.
The only upside in this sub-index was Namibia’s ranking in 58th position for Institutions, which covers the political, regulatory and business environments.
In the Innovation Output Sub-Index, Namibia came in 123rd in Knowledge and Technology Outputs.
It reached 75th place in Creative Outputs, Nowaseb said, which measured intangible assets, creative goods and services and online creativity.
The NCRST manager said Namibia plans to address the unfortunate international showing with a number of measures over a five-year period.
“In five years, we want to reach the overall 80th spot currently occupied by Kenya,” he said.
This will be done through the NCRST’s Research and Innovation Strategies and Desired Outcomes 2017-2022.
It includes raising funding equivalent to one per cent of the Gross Domestic Product and a target of one researcher per 1 000 population.
The NCRST also wants overall development in national research and innovation infrastructure.
Nowaseb expressed hope that the newly-launched KIH programme would contribute to the national desired targets.
The KIH is an initiative by the University of Namibia (UNAM) Southern Campus with the aim to boost entrepreneurship and economic activity in the southern regions.
The plan is to help boost the development of products and services, and the creation of knowledge and jobs in line with the country’s national development goals.