ECA assists African governments in developing policies for economic and social development, including enhancing the role of science and technology in African economies. It carries out policy research, disseminates information, promotes co-operation and provides policy advice to different stakeholders in countries of the region. The ECA also runs the ECA Science and Technology Network (ESTNET), a collaborative policy research network promoting the dissemination and exchange of information concerning science and technology management and policy issues in Africa.

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