By Drake Nyamugabwa
The East African Science and Technology Commission (EASTECO) together with stakeholders in the East Africa Community have embarked on a new five year development strategy, aimed at completing the implementation of the 4th Development strategy. It was agreed to develop a regional STI policy, development of a five-year strategic plan, establishment of Regional Technology and Innovation centers establishment of partnerships with relevant regional and international organizations.
This was established during workshop held at Imperial Botanical Beach Hotel in Entebbe last week. The workshop brought together members of EASTECO; including institutions from the partner states, ministries responsible for science and technology, the national science technology commissions, universities, civil society and the private sector. The Executive Secretary of EASTECO Ms Gertrude Ngabirano said they are finalizing to work on the science and technology guidelines; that will culminate into a regional policy that is expected to enhance economic development of the region. She added that; there is need to improve knowledge transfer to be used practically in the region if it has to be relevant and to have an impact.
The Deputy Secretary General of East African Community, Hon. Jessica Eriyo, says that EASTECO is in advanced stages of drafting the 5th development strategy and that they are gathering ideas from stakeholders; focusing on finding key priority areas that need support. She pointed out that young innovators need to be supported through the use of developed research to penetrate the trade areas in the market blocs available.
The East African Science & Technology Commission (EASTECO) is an Institution of the East African Community (EAC), established by the 5th Extra-Ordinary Summit of the EAC.