Minister of Science Technology and Innovation
Statement for Hon. Elioda Tumwesigye;
Welcome to our official Website. Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) are the drivers of socio-economic growth and transformation the world over. Science, Technology and Innovation development is an important determinant of progress and transition from pre-industrial to innovation led and knowledge-based societies. The strategic role of scientific, technology and innovation in uplifting other sectors of the economy such as Agriculture, Industry, Health, Energy, Education, Water, Environment, and services. Enhancing STI, has been vividly highlighted in Uganda’s National Development Frameworks, the Innovation Strategy for Africa (STISA 2024), the Sustainable Development Goals (Agenda 2030) and the recently adopted Paris agreement on Climate change. The Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation is committed to uplifting Uganda to a scientifically proficient and technologically advanced innovative country. This will be achieved using the following strategies:
i. The Agriculture backbone of the country is under threat due to pesticides and in the same vein our human race is under threat owing to pandemics. Intensive research and development will be high on the agenda to address livestock, farm products and human diseases and epidemics products are under trial with some already demonstrating success. There are a number of advancements in anti-malaria drugs and ear, nose and throat (ENT) treatment as well.
ii. Acquisition of appropriate machinery for better processing mechanisms; improved farming techniques for sustainability of production capacity that will be passed onto the private sector for commercialization and marketing locally, regionally and globally.
iii. For a long time research samples are sent to South Africa, United States of America or other States to identify and certify the active ingredients in a sample depending on the purpose of the research. It is now necessary to put up state-of-the art quality assurance laboratories to enable consistent production of quality vaccines, antimalarial drugs, and herbal concoctions.
iv. A foundry was set up at UIRI and it is hoped that a number of small machinery can be cast especially for purposes of value addition. Reviving the foundry and building collaboration amongst innovators will be useful for the industry to grow.
v. Food technologies to add value to maize, cassava, sorghum, millet, are underway for import substitution and save on foreign exchange. Intensive testing of the foods to meet international standards will be necessary so as to penetrate markets.
vi. Livestock and cotton industry will be promoted to support the leather and cotton fabrics elevate the capabilities to acceptable quality and international marketable state.
vii. Mineral beneficiation is under trials with ready prototypes for ceramics and saphires, and it is projected that a jewellery industry can be developed from the sands and gemstones that are readily available and spread countrywide to develop the glass and jewellery industry.
viii. It is necessary that a critical mass of scientists and innovators is promoted through targeted capacity building. Science, Incubation and Innovation parks will be useful to enhance the capabilities of the researchers, and also transfer techniques to local communities. Such centres will also aim at market competitive production and value addition at all levels encompassing farmers’ training, incubatee training and graduate research and development projects.
ix. There are a number of patented technologies for which commercialization needs to take place. The community needs to be aware of benefits accruing from patent and Intellectual property rights of their research and technological inventions to enable clinical trials and production.
x. Renewable energy efforts are also under testing alongside solar based processing facilities. Such efforts require support to perfect and scale up production.
Science, Technology and Innovation cuts across sectors, and a mechanism for its coordination and documentation of all the efforts will be put in place. It is also necessary to consolidate the research efforts to make products and deliver them to markets.
My ministry is dedicated to ensuring a functional STI eco-system for Job creation, increased incomes, Health and food security through the achievement of Vision 2040.
Hon. Elioda Tumwesogyes profile
Hon. Tumwesigye has been the Cabinet Minister for Science, Technology and Innovation in Uganda since June 2016, when it was founded. Prior to that, he was the Cabinet minister for Health. He has been a Member of Parliament since 2001. Hon Tumwesigye is an accomplished Medical Doctor. He has practiced medicine in Uganda for several years. He is a leading voice on prevention of mother-to-child HIV transmission. He holds an M.D. from Makerere University and a Master’s degree in science in Epidemiology from Case Western Reserve University in Ohio, USA. He obtained a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery degree from Makerere University in 1990.