NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Kenya said on Tuesday that it has set aside 30
million U.S. dollars in the next financial year to support
cutting-edge research and innovations, officials said on
for Education Amina Mohamed said the new funding will stimulate
research and innovations in agriculture, health, manufacturing,
housing and environmental conservation.
“We have taken steps
to strengthen research and development which comprise the
bedrock of innovation. The new funding will therefore promote
research in areas that have greatest impact to the economy and
people’s livelihoods,” Mohamed said.
She spoke in Nairobi
during the ongoing seventh edition of National Science Week
whose theme is harnessing research, science, technology and
innovations to achieve President Uhuru Kenyatta’s big four
agenda on food security, affordable housing, manufacturing and
universal health care.
Mohamed said the
government will soon earmark 2 percent of its GDP to support
research and innovations in line with a target set out by other
African Union member states.
She noted that Kenya
has domesticated global best practices to become a regional hub
in scientific discoveries and innovations whose ripple effects
are being felt across strategic sectors of the economy.
“The government has
taken measures to create the necessary ecosystem, infrastructure
and policy environment to support innovation, science and
technology,” said Mohamed.
She added that
Kenya’s quest to become a manufacturing hub hinges on harnessing
innovations that are being pioneered by the country’s youth.
Kenya has explored
innovative partnerships to promote research funding in diverse
areas like advanced manufacturing, agro-processing, renewable
energy and healthcare delivery.
Japhet Ntiba, the
Principal Secretary in the state department of university and
research, said that enactment of friendly policies coupled with
investments from the public and private sectors have unleashed
cutting-edge innovations to solve societal challenges.
“The government will
continue to engage all stakeholders to harness the country’s
innovation potential for the realization of vision 2030 goals,”
Jemimah Onsare, the
Acting CEO of National Research Fund (NRF), said that increased
budgetary allocation towards research and innovations will
incentivize young Kenyans to provide solution to poverty and