Harnessing Digitalisation Key

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Botswana has been called on to create a conducive environment and build capacity in order for it to be competitive in the era of rapid technology change and digitalisation. 

This was said by the Botswana International University of Science & Technology (BIUST) Community Outreach Officer, Leapotswe Bantsi at the science month satellite activities official opening hosted by the Botswana Wildlife Training Institute (BWTI) in Maun recently.

The event was held to promote public awareness, appreciation and understanding of Science, Technology and Innovation nationally. It was also meant to expose the public to scientific and technological advances.

August has been designated as the month of Science, Technology and Innovation in Botswana wherein activities promoting science public education are held across the country.

The commemoration brings together all research science and innovation stakeholders to share knowledge and experiences and build partnership to strengthen the national system of innovation.

Speaking at the event, Bantsi said that Research, Science, Technology and Innovation (RSTI) are critical for sustainable development and innovation. She advised that harnessing the power of RSTI is key to the country’s economic transformation from a mineral-based to a knowledge-based one.

“The increasing digitalisation of industries requires Botswana to re-imagine the future if the nation is to thrive in the digital age,” she said. 

Bantsi warned that the failure to embrace digitalisation will result in missed opportunities in future. She said countries that invest heavily in Science, Technology and Innovation have a big share in the digital economy therefore awareness raising and capacity building is required if Botswana is to transform as desired.

For his part the BWTI Principal Moemi Batshabang noted that as technology continues to become more accessible and continues to play a major role in the lives of the general public, environment and wildlife conservationist have begun to utilise these innovative advancements for research law enforcement such as drones.

He added that for over the years the institute has transformed its operations and programmes to keep with the digitalisation times. Batshabang said that the institute’s programmes are proving to be popular due to their practical nature and readily applicable in the field.

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