Kenya invests in scientific research

January 31, 2010

, NAIROBI, Kenya, Jan 31 – Scientific research in Kenya is primed for greater heights with the Ministry of Higher Education, Science and Technology targeting to overhaul the National Council of Science and Technology (NCTS).

Higher Education, Science and Technology PS Prof Crispus Kiamba said on Saturday that plans were underway to have the NCTS changed to the National Science and Technology Commission mandated with coordinating all scientific research in Kenya.

Prof Kiamba said the move would strengthen the institution giving it more autonomy to conduct its research.

“Science and technology is the driver of development and change in any developed nation. The commission will therefore be in charge of getting us on the path to economic growth,” Prof Kiamba.

He highlighted that there has long been a disconnect between research and actual implementation of findings.

With this in mind, he said other supportive institutions would be established to ensure technology is transferred to relevant areas.

One such institution is the National Research Foundation, which will be charged with liaising with the private sector to source funds for research.

“At times the government can be slow in releasing funds, so it will be good when we have a body that deals with sourcing resources,” he said.

The ministry also plans to set up a national innovation system, making it possible for budding researchers and scientists to link up with industry players, providing a ready market for their innovations.

Prof Kiamba was speaking during the opening of the 2nd National Robot Contest, where he lauded young inventers for their creation of robots.

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