However, the current situation provides an opportunity to redefine the role and function of the public sector as a true champion of breakthrough innovation. Reinventing the future requires investing in new capacities and upskilling decision-makers to grapple with the complexities of the unknown. Experiential, simulation-driven, multi-disciplinary approaches are vital in this context.
A new, virtual center for African innovation should be established. This paves the way to a much smarter ecosystem, oiled with data, with mechanics for real-time knowledge exchange, effective feedback loops, and real collective intelligence solutions to forge truly open and effective collaborations.