How Seychelles’ Science And Technology Institute Inspires Africa-Wide Information Platform

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A web platform developed by the National Institute for Science, Technology and Innovation in Seychelles (NISTI) has inspired the creation of a similar one for Africa to provide information from various sectors and countries.

The setting up of the African web platform was the purpose of a consultative four-day meeting held in Seychelles earlier this week by the New Partnership for African Development (NEPAD) and the African Observatory for Science, Technology and Innovation (AOSTI).

Member countries of the two organisations met at the NISTI office at Bel Ombre in the north of Mahe, the main island, to discuss the model and ways to implement the database. The platform will be an accessible repository data platform to help African countries in evidence-based policy and decision-making. It is expected to be launched by June this year.

From Seychelles News.

NISTI started the local data web-platform in 2016 with the aim of collecting information related to education, research development and innovation but now hopes to cover more sectors.

According to the chief executive of NISTI Xavier Estico, the main aim of the platform is to make the sharing of data easily accessible in the island nation.

“Such a portal will be beneficial for decision-makers, the general public, academia, students, lecturers and school,” said Estico, who recognizes that there is a big challenge to get people to share information and work together.

Read more at Seychelles News.