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Kenya will host African Next Einstein
Forum scientific conference in 2020

NAIROBI (Xinhua) -- Kenya will host the third Next Einstein Forum (NEF), one of the largest African scientific conferences, in March 2020, an official disclosed in Nairobi on Thursday.

The conference, an initiative of Africa Institute for Mathematical Sciences will bring together more than 2,500 delegates including four Nobel Laureates in Nairobi to chart the future of science and research on the continent, AIMS chief executive Thierry Zomahoun said.

Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta meets with AIMS Chief Executive Thierry Zomahoun | Coastweek

  Zomahoun who has met President Uhuru Kenyatta in Nairobi to brief him about the upcoming conference said that Kenya was chosen because of its robust innovation ecosystem and strong academia-industry linkages.

Kenyatta’s office said in a statement issued after the meeting that the biannual conference which brings together leading scientists, policy makers, business leaders, journalists, civil society leaders, entrepreneurs and scientists was first held in Dakar, Senegal in 2016 while the second meeting was hosted in Kigali, Rwanda in March 2018.

"The third NEF will therefore provide a platform for Kenya to showcase its ambitious science and innovation programs as well as draw the world’s attention to the country’s immense potential as investment destination in science and technology," it said.

The president welcomed the conference, saying it comes at an opportune time when Kenya has embarked on an aggressive program of enhancing the uptake of science at all levels of education, through the rollout of Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) program.

NAIROBI (Xinhua) -- Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta [left] meets with African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS) Chief Executive Thierry Zomahoun in Nairobi. Kenya will host the third Next Einstein Forum (NEF), one of the largest African scientific conferences, in March 2020, an official disclosed in Nairobi on Thursday. XINHUA PHOTO ALLAN MUTISO
He said Kenya recognizes that knowledge and skills in the STEM subjects are enablers of industrial growth as the country journeys towards the realization of the Big 4 Agenda and Vision 2030 development blueprints.

NEF is a network of centers of excellence in science and research structured to enable talented African young scientists to become innovators thereby driving the continent’s scientific, educational and economic self-sufficiency.


Kenya invests in science and innovation to achieve development blueprint

NAIROBI (Xinhua) -- Kenya will invest in scientific research, technology and innovation to achieve the government’s development blueprint that focuses on food security, manufacturing, affordable housing and universal health coverage, officials said on Tuesday.

Collette Suda, principal secretary in the state department of university education and research, said the government will tap into cutting-edge technologies and innovations to realize inclusive growth and prosperity.

"The government will invest heavily in science, technology, research and innovation to achieve the big four pillars," said Suda.

She spoke during the launch of national research priorities for the year 2018 to 2022 that lay emphasis on harnessing scientific knowledge and innovation to hasten economic growth, create jobs and boost climate resilience.

Suda said the government has invested in a robust research and innovation ecosystem to address endemic challenges facing communities like hunger, poverty, disease and environmental degradation.

"We have a stable regulatory environment to promote scientific research and innovations in diverse areas like agriculture, value addition, manufacturing and development of new drugs," said Suda.

She said the government has prioritized investments in life-long learning to accelerate transition to a knowledge-based economy that promises improved quality of life to the citizens.

Kenya is on course to meet the African Union recommended target of allocating at least 2 percent of the country’s annual budget to science, technology and innovations.

Moses Rugutt, director general of National Commission for Science Technology and Innovation, said the government has leveraged on partnership with industry to boost funding on research themes that promote sustainable development.

"We have increased research funding in areas that align with our vision 2030, the African Union Agenda 2063 and UN 2030 goals," said Rugutt.

"It is our hope that science, technology and innovation could become a vehicle for transforming this country," said Rugut.

He said the government has encouraged collaborative research that would offer solution to environmental and health challenges facing communities.


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