President Yoweri Museveni has said a fully pledged Ministry of Education, Science, Technology and Sports was created to accelerate the implementation of strategic science, technology and innovation programmes for socio-economic development and transformation of the country.
The President said government was implementing other initiatives geared towards motivating and enhancing the effectiveness of Ugandan scientists especially those who work in the ‘hard to reach’ areas.
“The Government of Uganda recognizes science, technology and innovation as critical ingredients for sustainable socio-economic growth and transformation,” said the President.
Museveni’s remarks were contained in a speech read for him by the Prime Minister Dr Ruhakana Rugunda at the opening of the 2nd meeting of the bureau of the 13th governing council of the non- aligned movement science and technology center (NAM S&T Centre) at Speke Resort Munyonyo on Tuesday.
Museveni said Government had for a long time put emphasis on strengthening research and development, building the human capital and infrastructure in addition to supporting science, technology and innovation developments that promote private sector competitiveness and the national innovation system.
He said government was also strengthening the policy, legal and institutional framework to support the development of science, technology and innovation, adding the national development plan also prioritizes the promotion of science, technology and innovation.
“Government of Uganda recognizes that for industry to thrive, the basic inputs of appropriate technology, financial capital and skilled human resource must be availed and must be complemented with a conducive entrepreneurial environment,” Museveni said.
The Premier on behalf of the President launched 6 new publications of the centre on science, technology and innovation which include: Minerals processing and beneficiation, the role of micro-hydro power as a sustainable energy solution in developing countries and transferring Nanotechnology concept towards business perspectives.
The Director General of the centre for Science and Technology of the non-aligned and other developing countries based in New Delhi, India, Prof. Dr.Arun Kulshreshtha thanked government for working closely with the centre which was established in 1989.
The Chairperson of the Board of Uganda National Council for Science and Technology, Dr Theresa Sengoba said Uganda had benefited from the membership to the science and technology centre especially in the areas of lightning science and lighting protection, trainings and research fellowships.
Some of the member states attending the meeting include South Africa, Egypt, Venezuela, Kenya, Zambia, Zimbabwe and Malaysia.