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SIDA-funded Project to Boost Science, Technology and Innovation Launches in Tanzania

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SIDA-funded Project to Boost Science, Technology and Innovation Launches in Tanzania

The project, funded by the Swedish International Development Agency (Sida), supports Tanzania in its efforts to strengthen its national innovation systems.

DAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania, January 11, 2022 / APO Group / –

On July 5, 2021, the project Strengthening STI Systems for Sustainable Development in Africa was launched in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

The project was launched at a multi-stakeholder consultation meeting, attended by around 50 participants representing government ministries and regulatory bodies, research and ethics regulators, the private sector and local communities.

The ceremony was chaired by Prof. James Mdoe, Deputy Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology. In his address to participants, Prof. Mdoe drew attention to the need to strengthen scientific research and the national innovation ecosystem as part of broader efforts to address global challenges. He noted that the project had come at the right time.

The project, funded by the Swedish International Development Agency (Sida), supports Tanzania in its efforts to strengthen its national innovation systems in accordance with the Recommendation on Science and Scientific Researchers, a landmark international agreement adopted by all 195 states. UNESCO members in November 2017..

At the meeting, participants were invited to brainstorm about the Recommendation on Science and Scientific Researchers and the implementation of its Ten Key Areas. The Recommendation establishes common standards and norms for research systems, with provisions that address human rights, scientific freedom, ethics and integrity, and the circulation of knowledge, among others.

Two television networks, ITV and TBC, included coverage of the launch ceremony on their news broadcasts.

Tanzania is one of six pilot countries participating in the project, along with Congo, Ghana, Namibia, Sierra Leone, and Zimbabwe.

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