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 Hosts a Joint IST – Africa CAAST – Net Plus Horizon 2020 Workshop

The Tanzania Commission for Science and Technology (COSTECH) in collaboration with IIMC Ireland ( IST Africa Project Coordinator) on Monday 20th January 2014 organized a Joint IST Africa CAAST –Net Plus Horizon 2020 Workshop.

COSTECH which has a mandate role in Tanzania to promote and coordinate Research, Science, Technology and Innovation leverages the IST-Africa Initiative to actively promote the National Research Community by Presenting at International events.

COSTECH hosted that Workshop as it is a chapter on Tanzania as a part of the overall IST-Africa Study on ICT Initiatives and Research capacity. It is a chapter on Innovation Spaces and Living Labs in Tanzania as part of overall IST-Africa Study on Innovation ecosystem. It Publishes articles on ongoing and emerging ICT and Innovation activities in Tanzania on the IST-Africa portal and in the Newsletter.  It raises awareness of upcoming Calls for Proposals and international funding opportunities. Apart from that, it also has access to IST-Africa Network including Ministries and National Councils in 17 African Countries to share knowledge, experiences and success stories.

COSTECH Director General Dr Hassan Mshinda gives the welcoming remarks during the Workshop.

A cross section of the participants of the Joint IST Africa CAAST –Net Plus Horizon 2020 Workshop.

IST-Africa supports development of the Information Society and Knowledge Economy in Africa through International Research Cooperation, Innovation and Entrepreneurship. It also develops knowledge Sharing and Skills Transfer between IST-Africa Partners. It Supports Implementation of 8th Africa-EU Strategic Partnership (Science, Information Society, Space) including Hosting JEG8 Meetings.

Councellor for Research and Innovation from the European Union Mr Stephane Hogan presents about Introduction to Horizon 2020.Horizon 2020 is the new Framework Programme to implement Research and Innovation with funds of €80 billion from 2014 – 2020. Horizon 2020 addresses all research and innovation funding that was previously provided through the Framework Programmes for Research and Technical Development, Competitiveness and Innovation Programme (CIP) and European Institute of Innovation and Technology.

IST-Africa is Supported by the European Commission (EC) and African Union Commission (AUC), and Co-Funded under FP7 (Contract 288691).It is a strategic collaboration between IIMC (Ireland) and Ministries and National Councils responsible for Information Society, ICT, Science, Technology & Innovation Adoption, Policy and Research in 18 African Countries. IST-Africa was founded by IIMC in 2002 and it  has developed on a phased basis, gradually introducing new Partner Countries which are often at different stages of Information Society/ICT adoption, policy and research development.

Phase 1 includes South Africa, Tanzania, and Mozambique. Phase 2: Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia and Uganda.Phase 3: Burundi, Kenya, Mauritius, Cameroon, Senegal, Egypt .Phase 4: Tunisia, Ethiopia, Ghana, Swaziland, Malawi.

IST- Africa also directly supports the goals of the African Ministerial Council on Science and Technology (AMCOST) and the Consolidated Plan of Action for the African Regional Action Plan on the Knowledge Economy (ARAPKE).  IST- Africa is based on a Train the Trainer philosophy and Structured Collaboration and Knowledge Sharing between Partner Countries, to support Capacity Building and Generational Leapfrogging. It also organizes Participatory Training Workshops in Partner Countries focused on Living Labs (supporting Research, Innovation and Entrepreneurship) and opportunities for International Research Cooperation including FP7 and Horizon 2020.

IST-Africa publishes Research Reports on Partner Country Information Society/ICT Policies, Initiatives and Research Priorities, and Bi-lateral and Multi-lateral Cooperation

Pictures About the Signing of Memorandum of Understanding Between COSTECH – VSO – INASP – DTBi – PATA – BAMVITA

 COSTECH in partnership with VSO Tanzania, INASP, Dar es Salaam Teknohama  (DTBi), The Publishing Association of Tanzania (PATA) and BAMVITA, have signed a memorandum of Undustanding (MoU) to implement an inintiative that aims at Strengtherning Indigenous Academic and Digital Publishing in Tanzania aimed at bringing together skills needed for research and publication.

 The Director General of Tanznaia Commission for Science and Technology ( COSTECH), Dr. Hassan Mshinda addressing the audience attended the event of signing MoU held at COSTECH Conference hall.

The VSO Country Director for Tanzania Mr. Jean Van Wetter giving a brief description during the event .

Ms Rose Tesha a programme Manager of the VSO Tanzania gives the briefing about the project of Strengthening Indigenous Academic and Digital Publishing in Tanzania.

From the left is the  chairman of The Publishing Association of Tanzania (PATA) Mr.  Ian Ben Moshi  thanking all the stakeholders for signing the MoU. Next to him is the chairman of BAMVITA Mr.  Walter Bgoya.

The Director General of COSTECH, Hassan Mshinda and the VSO Country director for Tanzania signing the MoU.

Dr. Flora Ismail Tibazarwa, Director of Life Science at COSTECH  going through the signed  MoU

From left is the representive from DTBi Mr. Makange Mramba and the Director of Knowledge Management from COSTECH, Mr. Faith Shimba exchanging word during the event.

Memorandum of Understanding between COSTECH – VSO – INASP – DTBI – PATA – BAMVITA

Today January 7th,  2014 The Director General of Tanzania Commission for Science and Technology together with the VSO country director, representatives from INASP, DTBi, PATA and BAMVITA have signed an MoU aimed at Strengthening  in Indigenous Academic and Digital Publishing  in Tanzania with the aim of bring together skills needed for research and publication.

Please Click the link to read about MoU between COSTECH – VSO – INASP – DTBI – BAMVITA

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