The Third Multisectoral Conference and Exhibition on Research, Science, Technology and Innovation (MS-CEORSTI) that kicked off in Nairobi on Tuesday will end tomorrow, a deliberation that focused primarily on using technology to better lives.

The yearly conference, which is organized by National Commission For Science, Technology and Innovation (NACOSTI) and 13 other consortiums, aims to facilitate a multifaceted forum of national and international discourse to deliberate, network, partner, share experiences and resolve on how best to infuse or deploy Science, technology and innovation for prosperity of humanity as well as for public good, safety and security.

The conference has attracted experts, professionals and researchers from around the world on a technology-driven and innovation-led inclusive sustainable development agenda.

Prof Walter Oyawa, Director General NACOSTI, said Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) have direct impact on the economy of nations and countries must invest in it.

He noted that the government has made matters of STI priority in addressing issues facing communities nationally and globally.

Deputy Head of Public Service Josephat Nanok, who was the chief guest, said the conference is timely and   STI contributes to national production.

Nanok said the national government is applying STI for national prosperity and national good, being a key enabler of the five strategic pillars that constitute the bottom up transformation agenda.

He noted that the government supports young people to innovate to improve service delivery in all sectors of the economy.

The council will give information on relevance of STI to national security, public safety, public health, food and national security, climate change mitigation, and inclusive sustainable development.

Principal Secretary (PS) in the State Department for Higher Education and Research Dr Beatrice Inyangala, who represented Education CS Ezekiel Machogu, pointed out that the ministry supports STI by continuing to apply it in all government programmes to improve Kenya’s competitiveness and to unlock its full potential.

She noted that International Science Council governing board led by Prof Peter Gluckman is also holding a crucial meeting in Nairobi, which she noted will see it increasing its presence in Africa.

The agencies that partnered with NACOSTI to convene the conference include National Research Fund ( NRF), Kenya National Innovation Agency (KENIA),National Counter Terrorism Centre (NCTC), Centurion Systems Limited, Konza Technopolis, National Defence University (NDU), Kenya Industrial Property Institute (KIPI), Egerton University, Kenya Vision 2030 Delivery Secretariat (VDS), Kenya Association of Manufacturers (KAM), Open University of Kenya (OUK), Engineers Board of Kenya (EBK), and The Kenya Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (Kenya -AIST).