This past week, science, technology and innovation took center stage as catalysts for economic growth in Uganda. On June 8, the Government of Uganda, USAID and the Hub kicked off the process to design Uganda’s first Sector Development Plan (SDP), which will serve as the backbone of the recently established Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (MOSTI). The SDP will ensure that plans, policies and programs in the sector align with Uganda’s national development frameworks of Vision 2040 and National Development Plan (NDP II) and contribute to MOSTI’s mission to enable greater industrialization, competitiveness and employment.
The Hub will support the SDP’s development in close collaboration with the Government of Uganda. Hon. Dr. Elioda Tumwesigye, Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation; David Obong, Permanent Secretary; and Emmanuel Freddy Mugunga, Undersecretary, provided remarks during the launch and engaged with participants to review and validate the objectives, methodology and milestones that will guide the SDP’s development.
Laura Gonzalez, USAID/Uganda’s Acting Deputy Mission Director, stated, “Like Uganda, the U.S. government places great value on the role that science and technology play in spurring economic development. Looking at our own history in America, investment in research and development has been critical to the expansion of our own country’s economy.”
Through the new SDP, MOSTI will provide policy direction, set national standards and coordinate all matters related to scientific research, technology and innovation activities, paving the way for transformative bold new ideas in Uganda.