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Science academy to address critical challenges

Head of Lesotho Academy of Science and Technology Joshua Setipa


March 19, 2021 1 min read

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THE recently launched Lesotho Academy of Science and Technology (LAST) is expected to play a critical role towards addressing many socio economic challenges as well as promoting development in the country.

Under the leadership of Joshua Setipa, the UN Technology Bank has teamed up with a network of African Science academies to support the launch of the initiative in Lesotho.

 The academy of science is projected to play a critical role in advising on science, technology and innovation (STI) policy development and implementation among others. “The key objective of the Technology Bank under this programme is to support Lesotho’s national technological efforts and the reinforcement of partnerships across sectors and help Lesotho identify, access, adapt and deploy appropriate technologies to transform its economy and improve the livelihoods of Basotho,” said Mr Setipa.

LAST is an independent platform for contact and transference of knowledge among the private sector, public sector, civil society, academics and government in the fields of science, technology and innovation.


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Since 2018, the UN Technology Bank has directly implemented projects and activities in the Least Developed Countries (LDCs), including establishing and supporting existing academies of sciences, to promote the advancement of science and technology and provide governments with science based policy advice.

In Lesotho, the academy will serve as a prime advisor of the government and the general public on matters pertaining to science, technology and innovation.

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