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The First Korea-East Africa Workshop on STI Policy Cooperation
The first Korea-East Africa Workshop on Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) Cooperation was held on April 25th, 2017 at Dar es Salaam of, Tanzania. The STEPI has organized the Workshop in cooperation with the MEST (Ministry of Education, Science and Technology) of Tanzania, and invited the number of government officials and experts from Ethiopia, Kenya and Uganda.

The opening session of the workshop was graced by His Excellency Ambassador Geum-Young Song, the Korean Ambassador in Tanzania, Dr. Jung Won Lee, the Vice President of STEPI, and Dr. Raphael Chibunda, the Director of Science, Technology and Innovation representing the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Education, Science, Technology of Tanzania.

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After that, the presentations were given in the following order:▲ “Tanzania-Korea Cooperation in STI Policy” by Dr. Hassan Mshinda, the Director-General of Tanzania Commission for Science and Technology ▲ “Ethio-Korean STI Cooperation: The Current Status, Achievements and the Way Forward” by Dr. Awol Hussein, the Director of Policy Research and Future Planning, Ministry of Science and Technology in Ethiopia▲ “Korea’s National Statistical Framework” by Mr. Kido Seong, the Director of International Statistical Cooperation Division, Statistics Korea▲ “Korea-Uganda STI Policy Cooperation: Current Status, Priorities and Issues for Effective Collaboration” by Mr. Bashir Kagere, the Head of Policy Development and Analysis Unit, Uganda National Council for Science and Technology ▲ “Kenya-Korea Cooperation in STI Policy” by Dr. John Ayisi, the Deputy Director of Directorate of Research Management and Development, Ministry of Education, Science and Technology in Kenya. ▲ “Government, Global Cooperation in Science, Technology and Innovation” by Dr. ChiUng Song, the Research Fellow at STEPI.

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Dr. Awol Hussein talked about the current status of STI cooperation between Korea- and Ethiopia, while Dr. John Ayisi identified challenges for implementing STI Policy in Africa. During the discussion session, the panelists actively participated in the discussion session in order to share their opinions on the current status of STI policies in the four countries. Moreover, they tried to find out ways to further enhance collaboration with STEPI and to establish network among the participating institutions and government agencies. They agreed that the forum shall be made into a regular engagement with a rotational hosting schedule by the four countries.


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Overall, the workshop served as a venue of further deveolping a robust STI sector in East African countries with potential for multilater collaboration and highlighting the critical role of STI in socioeconomic development.
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