Government has unveiled plans to support and develop science and technology innovations among rural communities as a vehicle for achieving economic growth and development. The plan was announced at the ongoing National Science Week in Fort Portal, under the theme, “Science, Technology, Innovations and You”.
The State Minister for Microfinance, Ms Caroline Okao, while launching the activity on Monday, observed that scientific knowledge and its application through technological innovations are the main drivers of global economic growth which Uganda is now emphasising.
“Government desires to achieve a science and technology-led economic growth and development, and this is why it supports the policy,” Ms Okao said.
She noted that the government has embarked on implementing the recently adopted national science, technology and innovation policy, and other science policies to create a more conducive environment for the programme.
Ms Okao added that Uganda is yet to achieve the critical mass of scientists and researchers, at 25 researchers per million inhabitants. Uganda is still among the lowest in the sub-Saharan Africa.
Dr Peter Ndemere, the executive secretary, Uganda National Council for Science and Technology, said the week seeks to raise awareness on the role of science and technology in Uganda’s social economic development process.
The week will be crowned by among others, Science Journalists Awards, Science Excellence Awards Organisation and Partnership.