Bio-Economy through Policy in Eastern Africa: ATPS participates in BIPCEA consortium meeting
Bagamoyo, Tanzania, 15-18 January 2013
The African Technology Policy Studies Network (ATPS) participated in a Bioscience Innovation Policy Consortium for eastern Africa (BIPCEA) project meeting.
This was the fourth monitoring, evaluation and planning meeting under the project which is supported by SIDA through the bio-innovate Program. BIPCEA is a partnership consortium under the Bio-Innovate Programs in East Africa. It comprises of nine other partner institutions namely: the ATPS; Kenya National Council for Science and Technology (KNCST); Tanzania Commission for Science and Technology (COSTECH); Uganda National Council for Science and Technology (UNCST); Ministry of Science and Technology and the Addis Ababa University-Ethiopia; the Directorate of Science, Technology and Research (DSTR) - Rwanda; International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI); Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI); and the International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-biotech Applications (ISAAA).
During the meeting, Dr. Nicholas Ozor, Senior Research Officer at ATPS and the BIPCEA project coordinator made presentations on the Status of Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) in eastern Africa. He further reviewed the progress made on the ATPS program activities under the project which include; reviewing the status of STI in eastern Africa, development of an entrepreneurship training manual for scientists; and the actual training of the scientists to acquire the entrepreneurial skills required to move them from innovation development to commercialization.
He pointed out that ATPS has conducted the first entrepreneurship training which was held on 3rd and 4th May 2012 in Nairobi, Kenya. The training of trainers Workshop was attended by 20 trainees from Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda, Ethiopia and Burundi. Plans are underway to hold a second training in Ethiopia later in 2013 with additional funding support from the Bio-Innovate Project.
Objectives of BIPCEA
To foster a bio-economy through policy in eastern Africa;
To provide effective policy support to enable other Bio-Innovate projects in eastern Africa to successfully bring their technologies and business ideas to the market.
Posted on Wednesday 30th January, 2013