The Kenyan government has recently allocated Sh749 million for research and innovation in an effort to drive economic transformation. This funding will support the sectors of research, science, technology, and innovation in higher education institutions and national research institutes.
Education Cabinet Secretary Ezekiel Machogu made this announcement during the opening ceremony of the Murang’a University International Conference. He emphasized the importance of scientific and technological advancements in addressing challenges at both national and global levels. The funding is part of the government’s broader strategy to propel Kenya towards becoming an industrialized middle-income nation by 2030.
Machogu highlighted the significant role that research and innovation play in social and economic growth. He emphasized the need for local universities to actively contribute to the application of research findings, innovations, and discoveries to drive development and improve the welfare of citizens. The CS drew attention to the tremendous growth and success of countries like Brazil, China, Malaysia, and Singapore, attributing it to their investments in research and innovation.
The conference, themed Leveraging on Science, Technology, and Innovation for Economic Transformation, provides a platform for scholars to network and exchange knowledge across various fields. It offers insights into the latest technological advancements and facilitates discussions on critical topics such as big data, artificial intelligence (AI), and climate change.
Prof. Dickson Nyariki, Vice Chancellor of Murang’a University, expressed the university’s commitment to fostering an environment that promotes research and innovation. He mentioned the annual sponsorship of vetted innovations and research projects and the positive outcomes resulting from these investments.
Overall, the government’s allocation of Sh749 million for research and innovation marks a significant step towards driving economic transformation in Kenya. By investing in these key sectors, the government aims to achieve its Vision 2030 goals and improve the standard of living for its citizens. The conference serves as a call to action for maximizing the potential of research and innovation in shaping a more equitable, sustainable, and prosperous Kenya and the world.