National Stakeholders’ Workshop on the Development of the East African Science, Technology and Innovation Policy
In line with the African Union (AU) Agenda 2063 and furtherance of its development aspirations; the East African Community (EAC) recognizes the fundamental role of Science and Technology in economic development. Chapter 16, Article 103, of the EAC treaty, provides for Partner States to promote cooperation in the development and application of Science and Technology within the Community.
At the 5th Extra-ordinary Summit of the EAC Heads of State, held on 18thJune 2007, the East African Science and Technology Commission (EASTECO) was established as an institution of the EAC. As per the Protocol establishing EASTECO, the overall objective of the Commission is to coordinate and promote the development, management and application of STI in Partner States.
EASTECO is in the process of developing an EAC regional Policy, with the objective of creating an enabling environment for increased investment in STI. In this regard, EASTECO has commissioned a consultant to assist in the formulation of the East African Regional Science, Technology and Innovation Policy that will guide the region’s STI agenda.
NCST invited key stakeholders to participate and share ideas at the National Stakeholder’s Consultative Workshop which took place Thursday 26th April 2018 at Park Inn by Radisson Hotel in Kigali.
In his Opening remarks, the Honorable Ambassador Olivier Jean Patrick Nduhungirehe, Minister of State, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Cooperation and East African Community; highlighted the fundamental role that Science and Technology plays in economic development, the East African Community (EAC) Partner States, in 2007, established the East African Science and Technology Commission (EASTECO) that is hosted here in Rwanda. EASTECO has a broad mandate that includes, among others, cooperation in the development of regional science and technology policies, and promoting scientific and technological innovation and invention within the Partner States.
He Concluded with in noting that Rwanda’s approach to Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) has always been to look for ways to strengthen collaboration between different stakeholders. In order to ensure that we fully leverage Science and Technology to benefit our people, there is need to constantly improve on our policies and implementation strategies towards the goal of transforming the region.