Kenya, Iran to make joint initiatives in science and technology
By Samuel Ouma
Kenya and Iran intend to strike a deal that would see the two nations offering joint programs in science, technology and innovation.
Kenya’s Education Chief Administrative Secretary (CAS) Mumina Bonaya held a meeting with the Iranian Vice-President for Science and Technology, Dr Sorena Sattari in Nairobi. They said the joint initiative would focus on nanoscience and nanotechnology.
They also deliberated on areas of collaboration between the two countries such as harnessing and promoting opportunities in nanotechnology and hi-technologies in science, technology and innovation programmes.
The deal also includes seeking support for post-graduate programmes, training trainers programmes, and creating innovation and technology hubs and parks.
Others present were Amb. Simon Nabukwesi (Principal Secretary for University Education and Research); Jafar Barmaki (Iranian Ambassador to Kenya); Prof. Walter O. Oyawa (Director General of the National Commission for Science, Technology & Innovation (NACOSTI)); Mr Mogaka Ogutu (Director for Higher Education) among many others.