By Mark Kawalya
Dr. Monica Musenero, the Minister for Science, Technology and Innovation, has launched the 2022 National Exhibition for Science Week, a Ugandan annual showcase of technology and innovation. The aim of the exhibition is to document the progress made by technological advancement for national development.
The exhibition will run from November 6 to November 10, 2022 at the Kololo Ceremonial Ground with the theme “Uganda 2040; The Future We want through STI”.
Dr. Musenero explained that the exhibition will offer a platform for entrepreneurs to showcase innovations and new technologies in sectors that are driving the country’s development goals and eradicating poverty.
“The exhibition at the Kololo Ceremonial Ground is one that we are looking forward to, especially as we showcase the innovations that are being championed by the enterprising youth of this nation,” Dr. Musenero told the press during the launch event that was held at the Uganda Manufacturers Association Trade Fair.
“I encourage all stakeholders; government MDAs, private sector, academia, research institutions, development partners, the business community, and the general public to come in large numbers and attend as we all play a part in creating the future of our beloved nation.” She added.
The focus of the exhibition will be on aeronautics and space science, pathogen economy, infrastructure innovations, import substitution, and productivity acceleration, among others.
While speaking to the press, Dr. Musenero noted the importance of science and technology as key drivers of progress and development in nations.
Uganda’s National Exhibition for Science Week will spill into the celebration of World Science Day for Peace and Development on November 10, 2022, with President Museveni as the chief guest. He will be flanked by other visiting heads of state.
Information from the third National Development Plan (NDP III) shows that the government will invest in the development of a robust ecosystem by incorporating science education into school curricula, making science and technology accessible at all educational levels. The government will foster partnerships between university research institutions and industry players to drive human capital development and raise awareness on how research can be used as a tool for technology innovation and wealth creation.
“As the world moves deep into the fourth industrial revolution, science and technology have taken on the fundamental roles of wealth creation, improvement of the quality of life, and real economic growth and transformation,” said Dr. Musenero.