BioInnovate Africa together with the East African Science and Technology Commission (EASTECO) and partners held the 2nd Eastern African Bioeconomy Conference, with a few invited participants attending in-person at icipe, Duduville campus, Nairobi, Kenya, and a larger audience participating virtually. The theme of the conference was, “Building a Sustainable and Resilient African Bioeconomy.” The conference brought together regional and international stakeholders such as government officials, scientists, innovators, entrepreneurs, investors, policy makers, civil society among others from academia, public and private sector to network and share experiences on bioeconomy development in Africa as well as review progress of bioscience research and innovation in Eastern Africa, and how the efforts are contributing to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) 2030, the East African Community (EAC) vision 2050, and African Union Agenda 2063. The conference built momentum for implementation of the Eastern Africa regional bioeconomy strategy and explored opportunities for inter-African cooperation and cross continental collaboration in sustainable bioeconomy development.
Highlights of the conference discussion included:
- Realising the vision of an African bioeconomy; how Africa can use advances in modern biosciences and technology to develop a competitive and resilient bioeconomy
- the role of regional economic communities such as EAC, SADC and ECOWAS, and opportunities for inter-Africa cooperation in building sustainable and resilient bioeconomies
- opportunities for bioeconomy investment in the continent, and how consumers’ preferences are changing in favour of sustainable products and services
- Academia’s contribution to bioeconomy development
- Opportunities for bioentrepreneurship in Africa, and How to ensure successful bio-incubation