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Kenya Institute for Public Policy Research and Analysis (KIPPRA) in collaboration with Science Technology and Innovation Policy Research Organization (STIPRO) of Tanzania and Advocates Coalition for Development and Environment (ACODE) of Uganda held a regional workshop on Science, Technology and Innovation Policies and Strategies in East Africa on Friday 3rd May 2013, at the Sarova Panafric Hotel. The workshop aimed at presenting preliminary findings of the background papers on policy environment for Science, Technology and Innovation in the three countries and provoke debate on the same.
During the workshop it was noted that majority of the exports in the East African countries are either low technology or medium technology. Tanzania seems to be ‘de-industrializing’ given the share of medium and high technology to value added in manufacturing being higher in 2000 compared to 2007. This presented a clear picture of the limited technological capacity of the three countries.
Despite the low levels of technological capacity and research and development (R&D), it was evident that some R&D takes place in the countries. However, the background papers identified weak linkages between R&D institutions and industry as one of the outstanding challenges in the Science Technology and Innovation (STI) landscape. Other common challenges included low levels of commercialization, limited financial capacity and human resources challenges.