COSTECH, HDIF  host the 5th innovation week   

22Mar 2019
James Kandoya
The Guardian
 COSTECH, HDIF  host the 5th innovation week   

THE Commission of Science and Technology (COSTECH) in collaboration with the Human Development Innovation Fund (HDIF) through UK Aid will be hosting the 5th innovation week to discuss scaling and sustaining of innovations.

THE Commission of Science and Technology (COSTECH) director general, Dr Amos Nungu

The innovation week to be held from March 25th to 30th this year under the theme “Scaling and Sustaining Innovations for human development” will attract more than 3000 innovation stakeholders from different places in the country.

Costech director general, Dr Amos Nungu told reporters in Dar es Salaam yesterday that the week –long series of events of the innovation week, has this time grown bigger and is reaching the innovation ecosystem in two other regions.

Dr Nungu said HDIF, has this time around given the opportunity to organisers in Iringa and Arusha to host the events for  the innovation week 2019.

He said: “Costech is glad to celebrate the 5th innovation week, with increased participation of stakeholders. “This is a clear indication that the innovation ecosystem is improving each day”, he said.

The director noted that the government had instituted restructuring of its institutions, Costech included, was taking on board the new development and lessons learned from the experiences gained through previous innovation weeks as well as hosting the innovation space (Buni hub) and technology incubator (DTBi).

“With these lessons, Costech intends to concentrate more on its key mandates of advisory, coordination and promotion activities in the ecosystem,” he explained.

Giving the overview of the innovation week 2019, David McGinty, the HDIF team leader said “This is the 5th innovation week that HDIF and Costech had put together with support from UKAid, and we are more  proud to see the strides that the innovation ecosystem had taken in Tanzania.

This is evident in the 50 per cent year on year growth in attendance and events for innovation week, the government’s increased investments in innovation, and the 31 places that Tanzania has climbed in the global innovation index ranking,”.

Deputy head of UK’s Department for International Development (DFID) in Tanzania added that: “Every year innovation week offers an exciting opportunity for innovators; funders; businesses and government get together, share and be inspired.

“I am delighted that the UK has been able to support innovation week for the past five years, and I look forward to this year being better that ever.”