East/North Africa Regional Science, Technology & Innovation Policy Review

A workshop on Capacity Building in Science, Technology and Innovation Policy Reviews for the East/North African Region was held in Mombasa, Kenya from 30 March to 4 April 2009. The aim of this meeting was to enable the exchange of ideas and best practices between the countries which are in the process of reviewing their STI policy and those having already undergone this exercise with UNESCO or independently.

The meeting was organized by UNESCO's Division of Science Policy and Capacity-Building together with the UNESCO Regional Bureau for Science and Technology in Africa, situated in Nairobi, the UNESCO Institute for Statistics (UIS) in Montreal and in collaboration with the African Union/New Partnership for Africa’s Development (AU/NEPAD) and the Kenyan Ministry for Higher Education, Science and Technology. The Spanish International Development Cooperation Agency was also represented by Ms. Carmen Magariños.

A session of training on STI indicators and a Parliamentarian Forum were also programmed during the five-day workshop. The Mombasa Declaration was adopted on 3 April by representatives of the parliamentary scientific committees from Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Madagascar, Rwanda, Seychelles, Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda. The Declaration underscores the need to establish a sub-regional network of parliamentarians in support of Science and Technology for Development. The agenda and presentations made during the workshop can be consulted below.

Workshop on Capacity Building in Science, Technology and Innovation Policy Reviews for the East/North African Region

Monday, 30 March 2009: Opening session and STI Indicators’ Training

Chair: Dr. Rispah N. Oduwo, Ministry of Higher Education, Science and Technology, Kenya.

H.E. Prof. Crispus Kiamba, Chair of AMCOST III, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Higher Education, Science and Technology, Kenya.

Dr Ahmed Hamdy, Head of Science and Technology and ICT, Department of Human Resources, Science and Technology, African Union.

Prof. Joseph Massaquoi, Director of the UNESCO Nairobi Cluster Office.

H.E. Osman Kamama, Assistant Minister for Higher Education, Science and Technology, Kenya.

Presentation/ Mr. Jacques Moulot, Senior Programme Specialist in Science and Technology, UNESCO Nairobi Cluster Office

Presentation/ Mrs. Shamila Nair-Bedouelle, Chief of Unit, AU/CPA Implementation Division for Science Policies and Capacity-Building, Natural Sciences Sector, UNESCO HQ

S&T Statistics and Indicators

Presentation/ Mr. Simon Ellis, Chief of Section, Science & Technology, Culture & Communication Section, UNESCO Institute of Statistics (UIS)

Presentation/ Mr. Martin Schaaper, Programme Specialist, Science & Technology, UNESCO Institute of Statistics (UIS)

Tuesday, 31 March 2009: STI Indicators’ Training (continued)

S&T Statistics and Indicators

Presentation/ Mr. Simon Ellis, Chief of Section, Science & Technology, Culture & Communication Section, UNESCO Institute of Statistics (UIS)

Presentation/ Mr. Philippe Mawoko, Coordinator NEPAD ASTII Programme

Country Presentations

Presentation/ Mr. Bashir Rajab Kagere, Uganda National Council for Science and Technology

Presentation/ Mr. Gerys Cole, Mrs Helena de Lotourdis, Ministry of National Development, Seychelles

Presentation/ Mr. Mannalseed Ali Hussein, Ministry of Science and Technology, Sudan

Presentation/ Mr. Babesha Kenaw Abono, Ethiopia

Presentation/ Ministry of Science and Technology, Kenya

Presentation/ Mr. Ibrahim Kalengo, Tanzania

Wednesday, 1 April 2009: STI Policy Reviews

STI policy reviews

Presentation/ Mrs. Shamila Nair-Bedouelle, UNESCO Chief of Unit, AU/CPA Implementation Division for Science Policies and Capacity-Building, Natural Sciences Sector, UNESCO

Country presentations

Presentation/ Mr. Samuel G. Kitsao , Ministry of S&T Kenya

Presentation/ Mr. Mostafa Mohamed El Missiry Egypt

Thursday, 2 April 2009: STI Policy Reviews (continued)

International Experiences in STI policy

Presentation/ Ms. Irene Ramos, Instituto de Estudios Sociales Avanzados, IESA-CSIC, Spain

Country presentations

Presentation/ Mr. Mekonnen Lemecha, Ethiopia

Presentation/ Mr. Alem Habte, Eritrea

Presentation/Hon. Beatrice Mukabaranga, Rwanda

Presentation/ Mr. Nouralla Yassin Ahmed, Ministry of Science and Technology, Sudan

Presentation/ Mr. Adrianelison Rakotomahevitra , Ministry of National Education, Madagascar

Presentation/ Mr. Bashir Rajab Kagere, Uganda National Council for Science and Technology

Friday, 3 April 2009 : Parliamentarian Forum

Keynote presentation

Presentation / Ms. Kirsty Newman, Assistant to the S&T Committee, House of Lords, England

Presentations of the Science and Technology Committee/Representative of African Countries

Presentation/ Hon. Godfrey Zambi and Mr. Dan Mwaz, Kenya

Presentation/ Hon. Ruth Nvumetta Kavuma, Deputy Chairperson, Parliamentary Committee S &T of Uganda

Presentation/ Hon. Abdilahi Abiwasa Bade, Ethiopia

Presentation/ Hon. Ezequiel Mojwok Aba, National Assembly of Sudan

Presentation/Tanzania

Presentation/ Hon. Beatrice Mukabaranga, Rwanda

Photos Gallery

Text/ Adoption of Mombasa Declaration

Closing Session

Chair: H.E. Prof. Crispus Kiamba, Chair of AMCOST III, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Higher Education, Science and Technology, Kenya.

Prof. Joseph Massaquoi, Director of the UNESCO Nairobi Cluster Office.

Dr Ahmed Hamdy, Head of Science and Technology and ICT, Department of Human Resources, Science and Technology, African Union.

Hon. Minister Kilemi Mwiria, Assistant Minister for Education, Ministry of Higher Education, Science and Technology, Kenya.

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