The Tanzania Commission for Science and Technology (COSTECH) is a parastatal organization affiliated with the government of Tanzania. It was created by an act of the Parliament of Tanzania in 1986 as a successor to the Tanzania National Scientific Research Council. The Commission is a subsidiary institution to the Ministry of Higher Education, Science and Technology. Main offices are located in Dar es Salaam
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COSTECH EXHIBITS THE TANBIF ACTIVITIES IN THE LOCAL CLIMATE SOLUTIONS FOR AFRICA (LOCS) 2013 CONGRESS AT KUNDUCHI BEACH HOTEL

COSTECH participated in the Local Climate Solutions for Africa (LOCS) 2013 Congress at Kunduchi Beach Hotel Dar es Salaam. A two day Congress which started from 30th October 2013 to 1 November 2013 is hosted by the City of Dar es Salaam in partnership with ICLEI-Local Governments for Sustainability –Africa. The interlinked Congress themes will include a strong emphasis on Local leadership, Financing and accelerating integrated action at the local and sub national level, underpinned by a special focus on the water –food energy nexus as pivotal pillars towards climate resilience in Africa.

Vise President of the Government of the United Republic of Tanzania Dr Mohamed Gharib Bilal(first right) arrives at Kunduchi Beach Hotel Dar es Salaam today to attend the Local Climate Solutions For Africa(LOCS)2013 Congress .With him are the Minister of State in the PM’s Office, Regional Administration and Local Government Honorable Hawa Ghasia,Dar es salaam City Council Mayor ,Dr Didas Masaburi and and other Government officials.

The Vise President was the Guest of Honour who officiated the Congress.In his speech,Vise President insisted on the need to consider Local Climate Solutions for Africa.Quoting the eighth Secretary-General of the United Nations Ban Ki-moon,the Vise President said Climate Change affects us all but does not affect us equally. He therefore called on all Africans to take part in the Mobilization of financial, Technical and technological capacity and resources for Innovative Infrastructure development and green urban growth.

Katavi Regional Commissioner Dr Rajabu Rutengwe signs visitor’s book after paying visit to the COSTECH booth. COSTECH used the Local Climate Solutions for Africa (LOCS) 2013 Congress to exhibit its different activities under the Directorate of Life Sciences which also works closely with the TANBIF

 Godfrey Oyema from TANBIF demonstrates how Researchers from COSTECH prepared the distribution of Biodiversity Occurance data in Tanzania

A participant of the Local Climate Solutions For Africa(LOCS)2013 Congress reads a Checklist Book of Tanzania species version 1 of 2012 prepared by Hulda Gideon,Philbert Ninyondi and Godfrey Oyema from TANBIF.

TANBIF is an acronym of Tanzania Biodiversity Information Facility. It is an extensive, decentralized system of national biodiversity information units that intends to provide free and universal access to data and information regarding Tanzania biodiversity. It is a national node of the Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF). TanBIF was the main aspiration of the GBIF Capacity Enhancement Programme for Developing Countries (CEPDEC) Pilot Project in Tanzania.

 

The First Tanzania ICT Summit 2013 (ICT Skills of Tomorrow)

The First Tanzania ICT Summit 2013, a two day event, will be held the week beginning 18th November 2013 at a central location in Dar Es Salaam (venue and dates will be confirmed shortly). The First Tanzania ICT Summit 2013 will bring together leaders from government, industry and academia to discuss the future ICT skills and how Tanzania can prepare itself. It is widely accepted worldwide that the need for personnel with the required ICT skills is going to increase significantly in the next few years. Currently, most countries are already experiencing chronic shortage of relevant ICT skills. The ICT skills shortage situation is compounded further by the fact that higher learning institutions are not producing sufficient numbers of graduates with the right levels of technical skills to improve productivity, economic growth and innovation.

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RISK MANAGEMENT CAPACITY BUILDING TO COSTECH STAFF OFFICIALLY LAUNCHED TODAY 24TH OCTOBER 2013

Risk Management Capacity building to Commission for Science and Technology (COSTECH) staff has officially been launched today. The launching has been done following the decision of the Government of the United Republic of Tanzania to amend the Public Finance Act of 2011 which ordered all the Public Sector organizations to develop and implement their own Risk management frameworks as part of their Governance processes.

A cross section of COSTECH staff listen to the Presentation about Risk Management.

Speaking During the official Launch of the Risk Management Capacity building, COSTECH Director General Dr Hassan Mshinda said on 28th February 2013,the Commission ordered COSTECH Management to implement the treasury circular number 12 of 2012/2013 by establishing  the Risk management Frame work before 30th June 2013.He also said activities such as preparation of COSTECH Risky Policy and Hand book, the training of Champions and identifications of Risks associated with COSTECH’S have already been done.

COSTECH Director General,Dr Hassan Mshinda (first left) gives the opening statement to officially launch the Risk Management Capacity Building to COSTECH staff.Looking on are COSTECH staff.

“We were just waiting for the capacity building which we have finally managed to launch today. It is our hope that the risk management capacity building will provide reasonable assurance that risks are identified, analyzed, managed and monitored at acceptable levels”, Said Dr Mshinda.

Earlier during the Risk Management Presentation, COSTECH Principal Research Officer, Dr Gerald Kafuku said, Risky is any uncertainty that surrounds future events and outcomes. He noted that Risk Management is based on making decision involving uncertain future situations which have impacts on achieving strategic objectives of an organization.

On his part COSTECH Director of Finance and Administration, Mr Shaaban Hussein emphasized that COSTECH management has prepared training program to be conducted by Risk Management Champions in each Directorate starting in November 2013 to enable workers to understand well that program.

COSTECH staff, Mr Conrad Katakweba asks a question on the need to maintain participatory approach in managing all the risks that are likely to impact COSTECH in achieving its overall as well as specific objectives. COSTECH has objectives of Promoting and coordinating scientific research, technology development, and technology transfer. It also Popularize of Science and Technology and dissemination of scientific and technological information.

 

UNESCO – CISTRAT STRATEGIC RESEARCH AND FORMULATION METHODS FOR S&T DEVELOPMENT EXPERIENCES FROM CHINA

Today COSTECH experienced a nice presentation from Senior Research Officer Festo Maro  who narrated his study tour to China.The expert who titled his presentation “Strategic Research and Formulation Methods for S&T Development” started by giving out the overview of the Science, Technology and Innovation Global Assessment Programme (STIGAP).He said STIGAP was  prepared with the objective to develop a global dialogue on data collection that will result in the capability to better assess and monitor  the development of STI at the international, regional and national levels. It responds to Integration ofRegional networks in global project with exchanges of ideas and progressive debates on STI, STI monitoring and policies.Stimulating technological and innovation catch up through a differentiated  budget  and promoting  assessments  that are based in the member states .Expansion of bottom up driven indicators  based on local appropriateness  and relevance  as well as  regional and global comparability.Inclusion of local knowledge, non-frontier technologies, informal sectors, diffusion, and knowledge society elements in the national and regional assessments

 

COSTECH Senior Research Officer  Festo Maro presents about evolution of Chinese Science,Technology and Innovation System.He said  the Science and Technology Policies in the Planned Economy (1949-1976) are  based on Endeavors Model,  collective ownership and Centralized National S&T management

 

 

COSTECH Director General Dr Hassan Mshinda(first left) centrates on the presentation.He said there is a need  to maintain Expansion of bottom up driven indicators  form the presentation  based on local appropriateness  and relevance  as well as  regional and global comparability.He also advised to think on the Inclusion of local knowledge, non-frontier technologies, informal sectors, diffusion, and knowledge society elements in the national and regional assessments

 

 

 

 

A cross section of COSTECH staff listens to the presentation. From the presentation people learnt that the formulation and implementation of S&T Plans  not only significantly promoted China’s S&T development, but also played a decisive role in the establishment and layout of Research institutes.They also acted as  disciplinary adjustment in higher-education institutions, goals for the cultivation of research personnel and their allocation, the S&T management system and methods, and the formation of S&T system.

 

COSTECH ORGANISES STAKEHOLDERS MEETING ON SMART SKILLS PROGRAM AT TANZICT INNOVATION SPACE KIJITONYAMA SAYANSI AREA DAR ES SALAAM ON 3RD OCTOBER 2013

Today COSTECH facilitated  Stakeholders Meeting to Information and Communication Technology stake holders at TANZA ICT hall. Coursera is an education program that partners with the top Universities and organizations in the World to offer courses online for anyone to take, for free through Information and Communication Technologies. The Information and Communication Technology enables different Top Universities all over the World to teach millions of students rather than hundreds. 

A cross section of ICT experts listen to the presentation about COURSERA project today at TANZA ICT COSTECH building 

 

 

Mr Felix Mlaki Program Operational Specialist explains the concept of COURSELA course.He said Coursela program is a pilot study which acts as a  catalyst for big results to  students and employees who have  no time of attanding classrom programs.The Project is facilitated by the World Bank Organization in collaboration with the Tanzania Commission for Science and Technolgy.

Curriculum Content specialist  Mgaga Mugiabusho emphasizes contents of the program.The  Pilot study program  starts  on 25th October 2013 and ends in January 2014.The program focuses on bringing different  market driven opportunities to Tanzania people. 

A seminar participant expresses his concern about the approach of the program.He urged the organisers of the Project  to be specific when using the Coursera course to solve different societal  problems in Tanzania.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

COSTECH ORGANISES THE 139TH NATIONAL RESEARCH REGISTRATION COMMITTEE MEETING AT COSTECH CONFERENCE HALL.

Today the Commission for Science and Technology(COSTECH) hosted the 139th National Research Registration Committee Meeting at COSTECH Conference Hall Kijitonyama Sayansi Area Dar es Salaam and approved about 48 Research Proposals from Local and Foreign Researchers.

Acting Chairperson of the 139TH National Research Registration Comittee Meeting,Dr Joyce Masalu(left) checks the list of Research Proposals and seeks approval from members.She is flanked by Dr Frola Ismail Tibazarwa from COSTECH

 

COSTECH Director General Dr Hassan Mshinda(right) takes some points from some of the selected Research Proposals

COSTECH Director of Innovation and enterepreneurship Competitiveness Dr Dugushilu Mafunda(first left) writes down issues raised during the meeting.Looking on are other members  of  the 139th National Research Registration Comitee Meeting


Regulation of the Government of Tanzania stipulate that the foreign researchers wanting to carry out research should seek special clearances the commission For Science and Technology (COSTECH) has been entrusted with the responsibility of screening foreign researchers who intended to undertake research in Tanzania main land. This is the first stage towards the registration of such research in the National Research Registry.

Researches who undertake research as part of contractual obligations with governmental institutions need not apply for clearance. However, it would be appreciated if such research is registered with COSTECH. Additionally, locals not affiliated with institutions include research are also required to apply for research clearance.

COSTECH IN COLLABORATION WITH NATIONAL FAMILY PLANNING CONFERENCE, KINU INNOVATION HUB AND UNIVERSITY OF DAR ES SALAAM ENTREPRENEURSHIP CENTRE ORGANISE THE HACKATHON CHALLENGE FOR FAMILY PLANNING AT INNOVATION SPACE COSTECH BUILDING FROM 2ND TO 5TH OCTOBER 2013

Today COSTECH in Collaboration with National Family Planning Conference, KINU Innovation Hub and University of Dar es Salaam Entrepreneurship Centre Organize the  Hackathon Challenge for family Planning at Innovation Space COSTECH building from 2ND TO 5TH OCTOBER 2013.The event brought together a multi-disciplinary team of technology, business, and family planning experts with the aim of developing technological solutions to the pressing challenges that face family planning programs in Tanzania. Business experts had also a chance to advise the teams on sustainability plans for their generated solutions.

Dr Pasiance Mapunda explains about the overview of Family planning in Tanzania.He said family planning is the planning of when to have children and the use of  birth control and other techniques to implement such plans.

 

Senior Technical  Officer Global Health Population and Nutrition,Christine Lasway emphasizes a point to Innovators about significance of family planning in Tanzania.In Tanzania there are only 27% of the whole  population who use Family planning.The aim is to reach at least 60% of the entire population by 2016

 

A cross section of Information and Communication Technology enterpreneurs from different parts of Tanzania concentrate to the presentation about family planning.

 

Participants listen to Power point presentation about how family planning is very important in Tanzania.Effective use of family panning methods are central to accelarating the achievement of the Millenium Development Goals and they can  help to reduce poverty among families.

A business student from University of Dar es salaam Business School coments on the need to use ICT to solve family planning problems  and maximize market positions for ICT enterpreneurs in Tanzania 

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