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Private Sector Forum

Harnessing RDI to grow the economy and tackle key challenges
13 March 2024
08:30 AM - 14:30 PM

Why innovation matters, now

Across the world innovation is an essential ingredient of economic growth and sustainable development. Economies that facilitate and support innovation across society – in companies, government enterprises, universities and even households – are able to tackle complex problems, improve quality of life and spread prosperity. Using international methodologies stewarded by the OECD, South Africa’s R&D and innovation rates can be measured and compared across sectors and with other countries.

The Human Sciences Research Council is mandated by the Department of Science and Innovation (DSI) to collect and analyse R&D and innovation survey data in a continuous cycle. Through rigorous analysis it provides evidence of trends, and detailed insights into the strengths and weaknesses of South Africa’s national system of innovation.

This year the HSRC celebrates 20 years of measuring innovation and R&D in South Africa, and is releasing new RDI datasets informed by key development challenges. In marking this milestone and preparing for the future, we are collaborating with DSI and Business Unity South Africa to deepen our dialogue with the private sector and organised business, as well as economists, skills development practitioners and innovation policy specialists, around evidence to implement policy goals.

Themes for discussion

  • Research, development and innovation (RDI) expenditure and funding in the South African private sector today
  • Characteristics of an enabling environment to expand private sector RDI investment
  • Innovation dynamics in sub-sectors such as agriculture, energy, manufacturing and mining: opportunities and challenges
  • Ramping up SA’s competitive ecosystem, and building on pockets of excellence in both the public and private sectors

DATE: 13 March 2024

TIME: 08:00 AM – 14:30 PM

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