The government is set to establish 14 innovation hubs in a bid to promote and encourage scientific research in the country.
Mr Morris Ochen, the assistant commissioner for technology uptake and enterprise development in the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation, said the hubs will be established in the municipalities where local innovations will be tested and given approvals for public consumption.
“The move is part of the strategies that the ministry is considering to put in place to promote local innovations that will help spur economic development,” he said.
Mr Ochen made the remarks during the district stake holder’s consultative meeting on technopreneurship organised by the Ministry of Science, which took place at Tororo district council chambers on Friday.
Mr Ochen added that the ministry is already soliciting ideas that will guide in coming up with a strategic development plan, which he said will guide the sector activity implementation.
“We requested the Cabinet to approve the innovation fund that will support development of local innovations as well as profiling all viable innovations that will drive the country’s economy,” he said.
He added that the district local governments should streamline activities of the ministry in their development plans and profile all local innovations in their jurisdicatiion.
The resident district commissioner (RDC), Mr Nickson Owole, applauded the government for the initiative, saying it will salvage local innovations which have been ignored.
“This will help in promoting local innovations that had been ignored,” he said.
Mr Owole said the district is endowed with various minerals that require local innovations to facilitate the district in order to becoming a business hub.