Ugandan Information Communications Technology (ICT) opinion leader Badru Ntege has been elected the inaugural Governing Board Chairperson for the East African Science and Technology Commission (EASTECO).

Ntege who is also the Chief Executive Officer for NFT Consults was elected during the first ever EASTECO meeting held in Entebbe, Uganda.

Ntege represents the Ugandan Private Sector on the Commission.

EASTECO is the institution charged with coordinating and facilitating the activities of the Partner States and national science and technology institutions in East Africa.

It is also responsible for promoting the development and application of science, technology and innovation in all its aspects including policy development, research and development, knowledge and skills development, technology acquisition, adaptation and utilization among others.

During the meeting, Ntege was elected alongside Rwanda’s Prof. Manasse Mbonye who will serve as the Director General for the National Commission for Technology Rwanda (NCST) – as the Rapporteur.

EASTECO was established as a semi-autonomous institution of the EAC by the 5th Extra-ordinary Summit of the EAC Heads of State held in 2007.

Its formation was in accordance with Chapter 16, Article 103 (a) of the Treaty on the Establishment of the East African Community, where the Partner States undertook to promote cooperation in the development of Science & Technology within the Community.

Its operationalization was finalized in 2015 with a Secretariat appointed and its Headquarters in Kigali, Rwanda.