Derek Andre HANEKOM
Deputy Minister of Science and Technology Department of South Africa
Derek Hanekom is the Deputy Minister of Science and Technology in the South African
Government. His career in Government spans over 15 years, where he has played a key role in
various initiatives within agriculture, land reform, and science.
After the country's first democratic elections in 1994, he was appointed as the Minister of
Agriculture and Land Affairs, a position he held until 1999.
He was appointed as a Deputy Minister of Science and Technology in 2004 and was reappointed
to the same position and portfolio in 2009.
He provides strategic leadership in the
Department of Science and Technology in the areas of Information Technology and
Communication, Climate Change and Renewable Energy and alternative sources of energy and
Derek has been a member of the African National Congress's (ANC) highest establishment, the
NEC, since its inception over 15 years ago.
He is the chairman of the of the ANC's National
He serves on the board of the Ahmed Kathrada Foundation.
Global partnerships to enhance innovation in healthcare - a view from South Africa
Innovation in healthcare is one of the priorities of South Africa's national Ten-Year Plan for
building a competitive knowledge economy. International cooperation, especially with strategic
partners such as the European Union and within an African regional context, is an important
component of South Africa's health research and innovation programmes.
South Africa is, thus, committed to contribute to efforts to enhance international partnerships to optimally harness
innovation in healthcare as tool to improve the quality of living of citizens globally.
a developing country's perspective, aspects which require attention to improve these
partnerships include: the development of enabling legislative and regulatory environments; the
strengthening of capacities, including human capital and research infrastructures; and the
facilitating of access to appropriate financing instruments.