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Muyingo Calls For Private Sector To Collaborate In Science And Technology

The State Minister for Higher Education John Muyingo has challenged the academia and private sector players to collaborate to produce relevant market driven researches that will spur science,technology innovations and scale up regional development.

Launching East African forum for science, technology and innovations at Speke Hotel Munyonyo, Muyingo decried low collaboration between the two parties hence poor research and funding of science and technology projects.

“Despite impressive performance of the region in gross domestic product rising from  from 5.7% in 2018 to 6.1% ,the level of science and technology funding is still low to spur speedy economic development of the region,”Myingo said.

He called on the private sector therefore to make contribution by investing in science,technology and innovations to drive the economy.

Getrude Ngabirano executive secretary of East African Science Technology Commission cautioned member states to invest in research and innovations to support the region compete in global trade arena saying it’s the only way the region will be able to attain its mission of achieving middle income status by 2050.

“Science,technology and innovation remains the catalyst for regional development growth and pusher for the region to attain middle income status by 2050.its therefore vital that member states invest into funding STIs,”

Inter-university Council of East Africa Executive Secretary Prof Alexandre Lyambabaje told the gathering that the council will work with World Bank to roll out capacity building programmes for universities to enhance their research projects and collaborate with the private sector.

“IUCEA in partnership with World Bank is working together with universities and tertiary institutions to manage starts ups through incubations. This will transform private sector and accelerate science,technology and innovation and research initiatives,”

STIs collectively will transform the region.we are confident that STIs is hinged on the institutions should provide synergies and partnerships for sustainable development.

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