ICGEB Cape Town visits Kenya
A delegation from ICGEB and the South African Department of Science and Technology visits Kenyan Government officials and institutions in April 2015
As part of its endeavour to reach out to member countries within the African continent, a delegation from ICGEB and Department of Science and Technology, South Africa embarked on a weeklong institutional visit to major research institutions in Kenya in April 2015. The delegation comprised the Cape Town Component Director, Prof. Iqbal Parker, Director Administration and External Relations, Mr. Decio Ripandelli, Chief Director, Multilateral Cooperation Unit, DST, Ms. Mmampei Chiaba and Administrator Cape Town Component, Ms. Irene Muriuki.
The institutions visited included:
- National Commission for Science, Technology and Innovation (ICGEB Liaison office)
- Kenya Medical Research Institute, Nairobi (KEMRI)
- Biosciences for East and Central Africa (BECA-Hub), at the International Livestock Research Centre, ILRI
- Kenyatta University (ICGEB Affiliated Centre)
- Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture & Technology
- Moi Teaching and Referral University
- South Africa High Commission in Kenya
The hallmark of the visit was a one day seminar on the ICGEB’s scientific and training programmes that saw the participation of over 30 senior officials from a diverse range of institutions. These included heads of various institutions such as the African Academy of Sciences, the National Biosafety Authority, South Africa High Commission in Kenya, Senior Government officials from the Ministries of Health and Education as well as heads of various academic institutions in Kenya.
The Principal Secretary, Ministry of Education, Prof. Collette Suda attended the seminar and in her address underlined the important role ICGEB was playing in the science, technology and innovation landscape of Kenya and Africa in general through the provision of a variety of long-term and short-term training programmes offered to Member States. Several institutions were keen to collaborate with ICGEB on subjects of mutual interest and there is a growing interest in the ICGEB PhD and Postdoctoral training programmes as well as the Short-term Meetings and Courses that ICGEB organises on an annual basis.