Biotech Updates

S&T is Top Priority in Uganda's National Development Plan

November 25, 2011

The government of Uganda has identified science and technology as among the four priorities of its National Development Plan for 2010/11 to 2014/15. Scientific knowledge is expected to transform the country from an agrarian to industrial economy.

"Uganda's development prospects are intricately linked with the pace of generation, adoption and utilization of science and technology in the development process," said Dr. Peter Ndemele, executive secretary, Uganda National Council for Science and Technology (UNCST). The development and implementation of policies and strategies that integrate science and technology into the national development process is the mandate of UNCST.

The government is strengthening its S&T capabilities through the creation of a critical mass of scientists and engineers, and modern infrastructure in universities and research institutions. Efforts are also being done to enhance private-public partnerships and international collaborations.

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