Calestous Juma on technology in Africa

Africa Needs to Invest More in ‘Life Sciences’ to Benefit from Technology
The East African
August 18, 2012
Interview with: Calestous Juma, director of the Center’s Science, Technology, and Globalization Project; principal investigator, Agricultural Innovation in Africa; member of the Belfer Center Board of Directors
Topic: Technology development in Africa

How can Africa, a late comer to technology-led development, benefit from existing knowledge?

There is an opportunity for Africa to leap-frog development by virtue of being a technology latecomer. But it still has to invest in conditions that are conducive to allow adoption and application of knowledge.

China, for instance, started using modern technology in its development in the 1980s and today, it is the second biggest economy in the world. China invested heavily in conditions that favoured adoption of that technology from other countries by ensuring for instance it had enough engineers.”

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