Invest in science and technology, Ndalichako urges African countries

13Nov 2019
Aisia Rweyemamu
Dar es Salaam
The Guardian
Invest in science and technology, Ndalichako urges African countries

AFRICAN governments have been urged to invest heavily in science and technology, which plays a key role in scaling up socio-economic development of the continent.

Minister for Education, Science, and Technology, Prof Joyce Ndalichako.

Minister for Education, Science, and Technology, Prof Joyce Ndalichako made the call on Monday in Dar es Salaam when speaking at the official opening of the five-day ‘African Science Granting Council 2019’.

The meeting brought on board research funding agencies, scientists, innovators, policy makers and development partners from 15 African countries.

Prof Ndalichako also called on the council member states to identify scientific and technological problems and implementing jointly the flagship research innovation programme in social sector for the future benefit of science and technology.

According to her, science forms the basis for sustainable economic growth and prosperity in the society through increase in productivity, employment creation and competitiveness.

“For this to happen there must be investment in science as well as technology transfer resulting to new products,” she said.

She added: “Economic progress requires more and better use of technology and research, in this regard research plays a crucial role in economic development of any society.”

She also suggested the need for councils to come up with a platform that would encourage members to exchange scientists, researchers and experts of science, technology and innovation.

Prof Ndalichako further said: “Tanzanian government is looking forward to receive recommendation from the meeting and work on it for the better future of funding science technology and innovation in Africa.

For his part, COSTECH board chairman, Prof Makenya Maboko said that in order to have good result scientists need to come together, collaborate and work hand in hand and support equality and status of women in research.

Director General for COSTECH Dr Amos Nungu said that the commission is part of the Science Granting Councils Initiative in sub-Saharan Africa, which is a five-year initiative launched in 2015.

He explained that council’s initiative aims to strengthen the capacities of science granting councils in sub-Saharan Africa to support research and evidence-based policies that will contribute to economic and social development.

He explained that the Science Granting Councils Initiative is strengthening the capacity of science granting councils, leading to more effective research investments and strengthened research leadership for development in sub-Saharan Africa.

The Initiative is jointly funded by the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development (DFID), Canada’s International Development Research Centre (IDRC), South Africa’s National Research Foundation (NRF) and the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida).

African Science Granting Councils meeting is co-hosted by the Tanzania Commission for Science and Technology (COSTECH) in collaboration with the South Africa National Research Foundation (NRF) and African Technological Policy Studies Network (ATPS).