Kenya is set to host the 2024 International Association of Science Parks and Areas of Innovation (IASP) world conference after formally receiving the hosting rights. This development was announced during the IASP 2023 world conference in Luxembourg.
The Luxembourg conference primarily focused on the nexus between megatrends and the potent role of science parks in enabling innovation and economic development. The meeting was attended by leaders from over 300 science parks and areas of innovation from all over the world.
The Cabinet Secretary for Information Communication and Digital Economy Eliud Owalo led Kenya’s delegation in receiving Kenya’s flag, signifying the official handover of hosting responsibilities in the anticipated 2024 global conference.
While expressing Kenya’s commitment to science and technology with projects such as the Konza Technopolis, he notes, “Winning the bid to host the 2024 World Conference is not just a momentous occasion for us; it is a testament to the progress, innovation, and unending commitment to the advancement of science, technology, and innovation in Kenya.”
Konza Technopolis will host the 41st IASP World Conference 2024 themed, “Demographics, entrepreneurship, and technology defining the frontiers of future economies,”.
Also present during the handover was Konza’s CEO John Paul Okwiri, who expressed his appreciation for the opportunity to host the event next year.
Kenya boasts of being one of Africa’s fastest-developing market conditions and is recognized as the economic, commercial, financial, and logistics hub of East Africa.