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GIPC urges innovators to target solving Africa’s problems

By
Godwill Arthur-Mensah/ Jonas Danquah, GNA
     

Accra, July 17, GNA –
Mr Yoofi Grant, the Chief Executive Officer of the Ghana Investment Promotion
Centre (GIPC), has urged innovators to create inventions that would solve
Africa’s problems in order to attract government’s support and investors.

He said innovations
should be critical for the African market and also have the capacity to thrive
as a profitable venture.

Mr Grant raised these
concerns when addressing the media on the sidelines of the 2017 Innovation
Prize for Africa (IPA) in Accra on Monday.

He said for Africa to
rub shoulders with other continents in terms of innovation, it would have to
revise its educational structure.

He said the continent
needed the kind of education that would give the people the power to create and
make more wealth.

Mr Grant said the
country needed innovators who would create something groundbreaking and not
take someone’s idea and slightly change it.

“It must be
innovative, not just taking somebody’s idea and changing it and say it is good
for us,” he said.

Mr Grant, however,
noted that there were a lot of brilliant innovators in Ghana and it, therefore,
behoved on the Government to create conducive environment to embrace them.

“The responsibility is
on the Government to make sure that we can actually embrace a lot of these
innovations which are usually in the informal sector and, therefore, do not get
the attention of the Government,” he noted.

The sixth edition of
the IPA competition is on the theme: “African Innovation: Investing in
Prosperity.”

The event is being
organised by the African Innovation Foundation (AIF), in partnership with the
Ministry of Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation, Ghana Investment
Promotion Centre and Ghana at 60 Secretariat.

It aims at
strengthening African innovation ecosystems through competition.

The competition had
been successful in Ethiopia (2012), South Africa (2013), Nigeria (2014),
Morocco (2015) and Botswana (2016).

GNA

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