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Scientific Revival Day 2009: Country Reports

ATPS attaches tremendous significance to the Scientific Revival Day in Africa and it has used it over the years to mobilize support and generate enthusiasm for Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) policy in Africa through various platforms. As a result, ATPS will fund up to 5 of its National Chapters to commemorate the SRDA this year. The selected chapters namely Lesotho, Ghana, Nigeria, Senegal  and Uganda received US$3,000 each and the grant was part of the implementation programs of the ATPS Phase VI Strategic Plan, 2008 – 2012 funded by Ministerie van Buitenlandse Zaken (DGIS). The selection process was based on first come first served basis, but also considering regional representation.

ATPS has been able to create a meaningful impact over the years through building networks between persons and agencies that have responsibility and interest in Science and Technology issues. Notable achievements include organizing training sessions, workshops, seminars, round-table talks, receiving grants for research on practical science and technology policy issues, and publication of research findings tailored to meet Africa's peculiar circumstances as promising areas. We endeavour to continue steadfastly to bring together stakeholders to discuss how Science and Technology can be re-deployed in the continent. Consequently, we shall be able to make milestones in improving Africa's development.

Chapter Activities

Lesotho:

The ATPS Lesotho Chapter held a Workshop in Maseru, to mark Scientific Revival Day for Africa. Participants brainstormed possible ways of strengthening the newly formed Lesotho Commission on Science and Technology (LCST) as part of a stakeholder consultation process initiated by the Lesotho National Commission for UNESCO. One of the key questions tackled during the workshop include;  “How can the commission on Science and Technology better work with policy makers, Universities and research institutions, Private Sector actors, Civil Society and NGOs?” The meeting brainstormed on possible structures for the commission and how they would fit within the broad framework of the Ministry of Communications, Science and Technology and the Department of Science and Technology. One of the key tasks of the Commission will be the documentation, protection and development of indigenous knowledge and technologies, as well as establishment of related databases. (read more, pdf)

Ghana:

The African Technology Policy Studies Network (ATPS) – Ghana Chapter organized a one-day workshop on the theme, “Entrepreneurial and Innovation Opportunities for Dealing with Climate Change Effects – Adaptation and Mitigation” which took place on 26 August at the auditorium of the Science and Technology Policy Research Institute (STEPRI) of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR). The workshop was attended by 43 participants drawn from research, academia, entrepreneurs, students and the media. The meeting was chaired by Dr. Peggy Oti Boateng, Director of Technology Consultancy Centre and former board chairperson of ATPS Ghana. Among the chief guests were Dr. Yaa Dufie Osei, chairperson of the ATPS Ghana board of trustees and the Deputy Director General of CSIR, Dr. (Mrs.) R. M. Entsua-Mensah. The workshop has organized to help create awareness about climate change and its potential implications on development, poverty, food security, disaster occurrence and management

Nigeria

Scientific revival day Nigeria: International conference on building of National Innovations Systems

Uganda

On September 17, 2009, members of ATPS in Uganda held their Annual General Meeting alongside the commemoration of Scientific Revival Day for Africa SRDA. The event was presided over by the outgoing ATPS National Coordinator for Uganda Prof. Joseph Obua who has held this position the stipulated maximum term of six years (from 2003-2009). The main agenda of the Annual General Meeting included appraising members of the progress achieved over the past year and to elect a new steering committee and National Chapter Coordinator.

The new National Coordinator Mr. John Okuonzi, is a lecturer at the Kyambogo University, in the Faculty of Engineering and is a long-standing member of the AYFST. Mr. Marsden Momanyi, the ATPS Communications

Officer represented the secretariat at the event. The Keynote speakers included Mr. Sam Senkungu, Commissioner, Ministry of Tourism, Trade and Industry Uganda and Dr. Maxwell Otim, Uganda National Council for Science and Technology. 50 participants drawn from academia, civil society, private sector and Government attended. read more




Posted on Monday 28th June, 2010

 

 

 

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