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First East Africa Youth Innovation Forum: youth brainstorming about the regionís Science, Technology and Innovation initiatives


The First East Africa Youth Innovation Forum was organized in Kampala, Uganda, from 8 to 10 November 2022, in partnership with the East Africa Science and Technology Commission and the Government of Uganda. It brought together various innovation stakeholders including young researchers, innovators, entrepreneurs, finance actors, academia, and public policymakers from Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, South Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda.

The forum provided a platform to discuss ideas for meaningful youth participation in the regionís Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) initiatives. Discussions included the expansion of equal opportunities to young people through the provision of infrastructure to drive and support youth businesses in the region. The event aimed to catalyze the effective engagement of young people in steering the course of future developments within the East African Community (EAC) through innovations. †The forum also helped participants to understand the constraints that the youth in the region face in advancing their talent in technological development; the interventions necessary to overcome these challenges as well as the opportunities available for innovation in the regional and international marketplace.

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