REGULATORY & LEGAL ENVIRONMENT ON INNOVATION
This session will discuss the rational “Government regulations can have both positive and
negative effects on the innovation process”. Among other goals, regulatory reform in African
countries should be intended to enhance the positive regulatory effects on innovation. Reforms
should help ensure that regulations in all spheres of activity are fully responsive to changes in the
economic, social and technical conditions surrounding them. The regulatory process must
consider the effects of regulation on innovation as well as the implications of technical change
for the rationale and design of regulation.
The regulation/innovation interface is mutual and dynamic; an understanding of this interface is
crucial to regulatory reform efforts. The Government, Academia and the private sector should
explore the diverse and complicated links between regulation and innovation. Regulation and
regulatory reform can affect technological development in sectors ranging from biotechnology to
banking and can influence the innovation process from research through technology diffusion.
Auditorium , UDSM College of Information and Communication Technologies, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania