NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Kenya will harness science, technology and
innovations to hasten achievement of President Uhuru Kenyatta’s
Big 4 Agenda that includes manufacturing, food security,
affordable housing and universal health care, officials said on
Moses Rugutt, the
Director General of National Council for Science, Technology and
Innovation (NACOSTI) said Kenya’s ability to overcome poverty,
hunger, disease and homelessness hinges on investments in
applied sciences and vocational training.
“We need to develop
our scientific capacity in order to achieve the president’s big
four agenda which is well realigned with Vision 2030 and the
sustainable development goals,” said Rugutt.
He spoke in Nairobi
during the opening of seventh edition of national science week
whose theme is harnessing research, science, technology and
innovation’s contribution towards achievement of the Big 4
The five-day forum
that brought together senior policymakers, scholars, innovators
and students will also feature an exhibition showcasing latest
advances in robotics, renewable energy, medicine and
Rugutt said Kenya
has increased research and innovations budget to help leapfrog
from agrarian to knowledge based economy that promise jobs as
well as inclusive and green growth.
“This Country will
reap immensely from investing in scientific research,
innovations and skills development to drive transformation in
every sphere of our economic and social life,” said Rugutt.
Kenyatta has tasked state funded research entities to spearhead
implementation of his Big 4 agenda during his second and final
term in office.
Margaret Maimba, a
senior scientist with NACOSTI, said outstanding research and
innovations that seeks to solve endemic social, economic and
environmental challenges in Kenya will be prioritized for
“We are going to
reward innovators who come up with solutions to our every day
challenges. More importantly, we will popularize science,
technology and innovations at grassroots and national level to
achieve growth and transformation agenda,” Maimba remarked.