Written by James Salinka
The Kenya government has promised to support the local association of science journalists’ bid to host the World Science Journalist Conference (WSJC).
Kenyan minister for Higher Education science and Technology Prof Margaret Kamar said the Kenya government would back the bid and assured the lobby for of total cooperation from her ministry.
“We fully back this bid by the MESHA and I’m taking this opportunity to assure you of our full support as government and from me as minister”, she said.
Speaking at the first African Science Journalists Conference in Nakuru, Prof Kamar said the move if successful would be another first for MESHA and Kenya.
The successful hosting of the ongoing event she observed was a major step in demystifying and breaking science for development of the both Kenya and the African continent.
“Once this bill to parliament, Kenya will have attained a fast, by allocating more than the recommended one per cent agreed upon by African countries, “She said.
She told science journalists that her ministry was in the process of drafting a major policy document setting a legal and regulatory framework that will see Science Technology and Innovation mainstreamed in national development.
The mass media she said must put more emphasizes in publicizing sciences and move away from giving undue attention to politics, entertainment and sports in order to set Africa on a growth path.