Centre For Science Technology And Innovation Policy (CSTI)
CSTI focuses on the economics of innovation, science and technology policy and regulation in Ghana/Africa and how they affect education, health care, economic development, governance. The Centre conducts research and analysis on Information Technology policy, Telecommunications, Innovation & competitiveness, Infrastructure for sustainable development
Centre Initiatives and Areas of Focus
CEGPA’s areas of focus can be broadly defined as follows
Competitiveness: analysis of factors and policies driving national competitiveness, including improving innovation ecosystems and the technical capacity of industries. Emerging Technologies: analysis of issues surrounding the development and adoption of transformative new technologies: drones, robotics, 3D printing and digital currencies Intellectual property: analysis of how appropriately governed intellectual property protections: including patents, copyright, trademarks, and trade secrets drive innovation Labor markets and Skills: building skills through science, technology, engineering, and math education; use of technology in primary and secondary school; higher education reform; innovations such as massive open online courses; and incumbent worker-training policies. Productivity: analysing past, present, and future trends in productivity, and advancing policies to drive robust productivity growth, including through tech-based automation. R&D: promoting public and private investment in research and development through public funding for research at national laboratories and universities, tax incentives to encourage business R&D, and policies to spur technology transfer from lab to market. Taxes, budget and regulation: how taxes, budgets, and regulation can boost investment, competitiveness, and economic growth.
Accessibility: how to improve people’s access to technology; how technology can improve access to jobs, education, and the public square, particularly for those with disabilities. E-government: how information technology (IT) can improve delivery of public services Internet: issues related to taxation, e-commerce, digital copyright, global Internet governance, and digital currencies. Cyber security: how governments and the private sector can improve the security and resiliency of computers and networks. Privacy: protecting people’s privacy and safeguarding personal information without stifling the innovation and commerce needed to drive a robust Internet ecosystem. Innovation in data: issues and trends affecting big data, open data, data analytics, and the Internet of Things.
Advocating policies to accelerate deployment, access, and adoption of high-speed Internet, and encourage continued network innovation. Wireless: analyzing policies and trends related to wireless technology, spectrum management and sharing, and radio usage rights.