KAMPALA-- A-team of experts from the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) has arrived in Uganda to review the science, technology and innovation policy under the Ministry of Science and Technology.

The team, which is led by Dong Wu, the chief of the science and technology branch of UNCTAD, together with the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovations, is launching the review of the policy at the ministry head office in Kampala. Wu said here over the weekend that they intend to begin the review by focusing on Uganda's priority areas.

Officiating at the launch of the review, Science, Technology and Innovations Minister Elioda Tumwesigye said the review was necessary because of new trends emerging in respect of new technology. We have so many innovations that are coming out of Makerere (University) which are pioneered by our scientists," he said.

"However, there has been a problem of developing the ideas into products for the markets. There has been a lot of advances in artificial intelligence, new advances in computer, technology and social media among others, which need the review of the policy to address issues surrounding them. Our focus as the Ministry of Science and Technology is to translate research into commercialised products."

Tumwesigye added that the policy review was aimed at capturing the emerging issues; the development frameworks and would be addressing five key areas, including the policy environment supporting science and technology.

It will also indicate how to build the capacity of the country to apply science and technology, the interventions for financing science, technology and innovations (STI), the legal and regulatory frame work and also STI co-ordination.

For instance how should STI be co-ordinated in universities, industries and the different ministries and agencies and how are they will all be co-ordinated under the STI ministry. These and others will all be enshrined in the new policy, he said.



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