He said Kenya recognizes that knowledge and skills in the STEM
subjects are enablers of industrial growth as the country
journeys towards the realization of the Big 4 Agenda and Vision
2030 development blueprints.
NEF is a network of centers of excellence in science and
research structured to enable talented African young scientists
to become innovators thereby driving the continent’s scientific,
educational and economic self-sufficiency.
Kenya invests in science
and innovation to achieve development blueprint
NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Kenya will invest in scientific research,
technology and innovation to achieve the government’s
development blueprint that focuses on food security,
manufacturing, affordable housing and universal health coverage,
officials said on Tuesday.
Collette Suda, principal secretary in the state department of
university education and research, said the government will tap
into cutting-edge technologies and innovations to realize
inclusive growth and prosperity.
"The government will invest heavily in science, technology,
research and innovation to achieve the big four pillars," said
She spoke during the launch of national research priorities
for the year 2018 to 2022 that lay emphasis on harnessing
scientific knowledge and innovation to hasten economic growth,
create jobs and boost climate resilience.
Suda said the government has invested in a robust research
and innovation ecosystem to address endemic challenges facing
communities like hunger, poverty, disease and environmental
"We have a stable regulatory environment to promote
scientific research and innovations in diverse areas like
agriculture, value addition, manufacturing and development of
new drugs," said Suda.
She said the government has prioritized investments in
life-long learning to accelerate transition to a knowledge-based
economy that promises improved quality of life to the citizens.
Kenya is on course to meet the African Union recommended
target of allocating at least 2 percent of the country’s annual
budget to science, technology and innovations.
Moses Rugutt, director general of National Commission for
Science Technology and Innovation, said the government has
leveraged on partnership with industry to boost funding on
research themes that promote sustainable development.
"We have increased research funding in areas that align with
our vision 2030, the African Union Agenda 2063 and UN 2030
goals," said Rugutt.
"It is our hope that science, technology and innovation could
become a vehicle for transforming this country," said Rugut.
He said the government has encouraged collaborative research
that would offer solution to environmental and health challenges