2019 Aug. 29 08:00 AM
2019 Aug. 29 14:00 PM


Yokohama Bay Sheraton Hotel & Towers



Powering African Innovations - Side Event

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General Background:

Innovation drives technological capabilities of industries, prompting the development of new skills, services and markets. Homegrown innovations which sprung locally have already transformed Africa’s society and its economy. The pressure and need to innovate in the developing world is in fact higher due to the necessity to create cross-cutting tools that can provide modular, scalable and replicable solutions for many of the unresolved challenges while coupling economic growth with sustainable development.

Japan, a keen exporter of innovative technological solutions, has significant experience in technology transfer through demonstration projects in Africa. Over the years the fruitful cooperation between UNIDO and Japan has encompassed virtually all aspects of inclusive and sustainable industrial development (ISID) from poverty reduction and bolstering human security to trade and investment facilitation, from engaging with the private sector to a range of activities in the areas of energy, the environment and climate change.

This side event, titled “Powering African Innovations”, will explore opportunities and challenges in promoting and fostering innovation in the field of sustainable energy solutions. The mini-grid systems, hydrogen and geothermal energy as well as Japanese contribution to the development of the geothermal energy will be the focus of sessions.

Objectives of the event:

The side event will highlight the role of reverse innovation and need for revolution rather than evolution in leapfrogging African industrial development. The session will underline the future of mini-grid applications, hydrogen applications and the Japan's technology transfer approach of geothermal energy development.

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