ATPS and the Malawi National Commission for Science and Technology enter into partnership“The MoU with ATPS further demonstrates the importance that the Malawi Government attaches to working closely with like-minded institutions globally to create synergies and leverage existing resources in order to spur economic and social growth through STI in the country.”
Dr. H. M. Chimoyo, the Director General Malawi NCST
September 16, 2010; Lilongwe, Malawi: The African Technology Policy Studies Network, ATPS and the Malawi National Commission for Science and Technology (NCST) have entered into a partnership that will see the two institutions work together as well as with relevant national, regional and international institutions in the design, implementation, and impact assessment of science, technology and innovation (STI) for development to achieve the maximum impact on matters of common interest between the two institutions.
The Partnership will see ATPS provide leadership in STI through evolving thematic strategic priorities as well as the following non-thematic facilitative program areas: Training and sensitization; community and stakeholder dialogue and; outreach, knowledge brokerage and policy advocacy. Through this partnership, ATPS will also provide logistical and administrative support for in-country operations from its national secretariat, which will now be hosted at the NCST headquarters at Lingazi house in Lilongwe. NCST Malawi will define national research and development priorities, promote technology development, transfer and application and provide monitoring and evaluation services in the national science, technology and innovation system.
Speaking during the signing ceremony of the MoU between the two Institutions, on September 15, Dr. H. M. Chimoyo, the Director General of the National Commission for Science and Technology said that the institution was at the final stages of developing an ambitious five-year strategic plan that seeks to embed science, technology and innovation at the epicenter of National development strategies in Malawi. He welcomed the partnership saying, “this MoU with ATPS further demonstrates the importance that the Malawi Government attaches to working closely with like-minded institutions globally to create synergies and leverage existing resources in order to spur economic and social growth through STI in the country.”
Mr. Marsden Momanyi, who represented the ATPS Executive Director at the signing ceremony, reiterated the network’s commitment to nurturing a culture of collaboration and partnership amongst institutions working on similar STI policy research and formulation processes in Africa. “This type of collaboration is anchored in one of the three pillars of our Strategic Plan - International Collaboration and Partnerships - and as a result, there has been a deliberate push by ATPS, in the countries where the Network is represented, to engage strong and credible national institutions, which are recognized locally and are relevant to the specific areas of focus of the network,” he said.
Malawi has recently made significant progress towards achieving food self-sufficiency and is now a net exporter of maize in the region. The Government now plans to expand these gains by putting innovation and research evidence into use and creating a fertile policy environment to encourage commercialization of agriculture. The National Commission for Science and Technology, which came into force in December 2009 as merger between the National Research Council of Malawi and the Department of Science and Technology in the Ministry of Education, has a central role to play in the country’s economic growth and development. The Commission is the regulating and coordinating agency for all research in Malawi and thus provides the necessary intellectual guidance needed to inform national policies in the agricultural and food sector as well as in industry and commerce, national planning and health systems and environmental sustainability.
The following is a speech delivered by Mr. Marsden Momanyi, ATPS Ag. Senior Communications and Outreach Officer during the signing ceremony:MoU signing ceremony speech
Posted on Tuesday 21st September, 2010
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