How Nairobi Is Pioneering Science & Technology
Science, technology and investment are a key component of development and sustainable growth of any country. The capacity of African countries to compete in the global market depends on their ability to innovate and apply the relevant science and technology to productive sectors and industries. Nairobi is taking centre stage for pioneering science, technology and investment and integrating them in economic, education and industrial policies to increase the global competitiveness, productivity and create employment.
In Nairobi, individual research institutions and centres are beginning to make a name for themselves, and the scientists are enjoying the increasing recognition. Although, this is an achievement for many, it is at risk of being undermined unless Kenya assumes greater responsibility for its own scientific development. Africans must not allow complacency to set in or allow statistics to deceive, especially by undermining the seriousness of the challenges that lay ahead. From water management to food security, the integration of environmental protection science and renewable technology will impact on every future direction of Kenya and the entire Africa.
The constitution of Kenya, 2010 recognises the development and application of science and technology for international development and prosperity. The long term development strategy for Kenya, outlined in the vision 2030, envisages a nation that is globally competitive and prosperous with high quality life. In pursuit of the vision, Kenya is pioneering technological and economic transformation that will lead to sustained economy and social well-being for over 20 years. Currently, development in science and technology is essential in water and air purification, recycling, solid waste management, sewage treatment, weather forecasting, energy conservation, renewable energy and natural resource management among others.
Kenya has potential to contribute to developing science and technology. The ministry of science and technology has started working on the policies, legal and institutional framework to provide sufficient incentives to encourage innovation and investment that would promote sustainable development. The government is improving institutional standards in science and technology to effectively produce students that can effectively take advantage of opportunities presented to them. The government is also taking responsibility in educating the public to change their pathetic behaviour towards locally produced products.
In Africa, Kenya has strong and consistent economic growth, and is undoubtedly a dominant force in the East African region. Nairobi is one of the major economic hub cities in Africa, with a significant population and market place. The discovery of oil and gas in Turkana county offer a huge potential reward, but the developments have already shown difficulties with handling such investment projects. With the right technology and investment, Kenya will make a mark in the global economic growth.
Overall, if Africans can realise the tremendous potential that exists on the continent, and provides the talented youth and women with skills and tools to address the current and future challenges. The programme is designed to examine the relationship between the institutional laws and policies and wide range of contemporary issues relating technological development, scientific advancement and investment opportunities that affect the economic growth of Africa.