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East Africa, Regional Integration, and Scientific Cooperation 

Co-sponsored by the World Bank S&T Program
Dates: December 9, 2009
Time: 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM
AAAS Auditorium
1200 New York Ave. NW 
entrance at 12th and H St. NW)
Washington, DC 20005

Regional integration describes the process in which neighboring countries promote and/or reduce barriers by common accord in the management of shared resources and regional goods. The drive for integration in various regions (e.g., European Union, East African Community, Association for Southeast Asian Nations), has internal (e.g., regional stability, economic development) and/or external drivers (e.g., geopolitical weight, trading blocs). The various mechanisms to support the integration process reflect the ultimate goals and the degree of integration. Intra-regional scientific cooperation, which features shared responsibilities and resources for mutual benefit, can play a role in this process and has the potential to not only build positive ties between the various science stakeholders within the region but also may help develop broader norms of partnership between countries in the socio-political-economic context.

This occasional series will begin to explore how scientific cooperation between countries within particular regions, which either have undergone extensive integration or are embarking on an integration path, plays a role in the broader economic and/or political integration process and how that integration affects extra-regional cooperation in science.

Welcome and Moderator:
Dr. Romain Murenzi, Senior Scholar, AAAS 

Dr. Charles Murigande, Minister of Education, Rwanda 
Amb. Eng. James Kimonyo, Rwandan Ambassador to the U.S. 

Prof. Shaukat A. Abdulrazak, Secretary and CEO, Kenya National Council for Science and Technology 
Dr. Peter Ndemere, Executive Secretary, Uganda National Council for Science and Technology

Eastern Africa, particularly the countries that comprise the East African Community (EAC) , has moved to leverage shared resources to address its developmental challenges. Science and technology is increasingly recognized within the region as an engine for developmental and economic innovation at the national level but also now at the regional level. The panel will address how scientific cooperation is approached by countries in the region, the regional mechanism(s) for cooperation, and the broader socio-political implications on regional integration. In addition, looking forward, what are the impacts of the EAC and other regional groups on (scientific) relations within greater sub-Saharan Africa and the engagement of developed countries like the United States.

AAAS gratefully acknowledges the Richard Lounsbery Foundation for its financial support of this discussion.

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