STI Roadmaps for SDGs: Smart Specialisation for Territorial and Industrial Development in Rwanda
The International Workshop on Science, Technology and Innovation Roadmaps for Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) took place in Kigali, January 9th-10th 2020. It was the first Workshop organised by the European Commission Joint Research Centre (JRC) in cooperation with the Ministry of ICT and Innovation of Rwanda (MINICT) that addressed Smart Specialisation for Territorial and Industrial Development in Rwanda.
In line with the EU Green Deal and the objectives of the Government of Rwanda, the workshop emphasised the sharing of best practices between various countries and taking an evidence-based approach, with localisation of actions and prioritisation of efforts.
A dedicated session successfully identified key challenges for the implementation of Smart Specialisation, in a World Café Session, and a brainstorming yielded concrete smart specialisation activities for solving the challenges linked to the national headline priority sectors of Rwanda.
Follow-up Smart Specialisation cooperation with Rwanda is now taking place in the framework of the JRC Exploratory Research activity on "Smart Specialisation in Innovative and Informal African Economies". The activity aims to develop a roadmap for launching a Smart Specialisation Strategy in Rwanda in order to contribute to the objectives of the Government to achieve sustainable territorial and industrial development.