ABN – 24/10/14 – An education conference aimed at finding ways to drive social economic development in East Africa is taking place today in the Rwandan capital of Kigali.
The event brings together university heads from Rwanda, Uganda, Kenya, Burundi and Tanzania for discussions with representatives from government, private companies and research bodies.
Organised by the Inter-University Council of East Africa, East African Development Bank and the East African Business Council, the conference's vision is to work towards creating a truly self-reliant East Africa.
Felix Mosha, chairman of the East African Business Council, said of the event: “Africa cannot move from its position unless we identify challenges facing the region’s innovation potential and seek ways of strengthening the private sector, government and academia partnership.
“That is the only way to bridge the job market scarcity faced in the region today.”
It is hoped that by the end of the two-day conference attendants will have come up with long-term solutions on how to promote strategic and sustainable development of East Africa’s higher education systems.