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