NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Kenya plans to prioritize investment in research,
technology and innovation in order to enhance competitiveness of
the country’s products, a senior official said on Thursday.
Micheni Japhet Ntiba,
Principal Secretary in the Ministry of Education, told Xinhua
that research is the key to enable Kenya to develop commercial
products that can compete in the global market.
“By enhancing our
research capacity, our scientists will be able partner with
local manufacturers to produce goods and services that are of
superior quality,” Ntiba said during the Higher Education Loans
Board (HELB) Employer Engagement Forum.
Ntiba said one of
the reasons for the stagnation of the manufacturing sector is
due to the influx of cheaper commodities from international
“By investing in
research, Kenya can come up with innovative goods at affordable
prices,” he said.
He noted that
globalization means that countries can longer deploy tariff and
non-tariff barriers to protect their domestic producers from
foreign competition and hence the urgent need for innovation.
government has allocated 30 million U.S. dollars for research
for use by public agencies in 2018 in science, technology and
Ntiba said that
there is political will to enhance the allocation for research
in future in order to enable the country to achieve its target
of investing in research equivalent of 2 percent of gross
He noted that the
private sector will also receive incentives to invest in
research and innovation activities.