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Africa joins world science park body

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Africa continues to make strides in the development of science and technology, with this week's International Association of Science Parks (IASP) World Conference laying the groundwork for an African chapter of the association.

Luis Sanz, director general of the IASP, told delegates to this morning's conference that this year's event is being help in Africa for the first time in 25 years.
"Not only is this the first time we are holding the event on African soil, but we are seeing membership from African countries grow – and soon there will be an African chapter of the worldwide association."
Tsietsi Maleho, acting-CEO of the Innovation Hub, adds that he hopes the African chapter will be one of the outcomes of the conference.
The role of science and technology is becoming increasingly important for Gauteng, and South Africa as a whole, as it strives to become a knowledge economy, says Mbhazima Shilowa, premier of Gauteng Province.
And science parks like the Innovation Hub help bring together resources from government, universities and private enterprise to foster development.