In today’s world, it is crucial to create an enabling environment for Science, Technology, and Innovation (STI) to act as a driver for sustainable development. This implies that countries must develop, implement, and monitor their national STI policies and programs to promote the production, dissemination, and utilization of knowledge to create an enabling environment for the innovation ecosystem to flourish.
Spurred by our deep belief that STI can catalyze sustainable development efforts in a number of ways and in the increasing role of civil society, we, the founders of the Egyptian Center for the Advancement of Science, Technology and Innovation (ECASTI), realized that the scientific community of Egyptians, both those serving in the homeland and experts living abroad, has a major role to play at such a critical stage in the country’s transformation. The inevitable change of the economic model of Egypt from a resource-driven to a knowledge-driven one necessitates significant efforts to create awareness, develop the regulatory system, advocate for the need for a national policy, strategy and fore-sighting; and to monitor the advancements achieved independent of government reports. This is what ECASTI was established to do.
A unique feature of ECASTI is its Scientific Council, which is composed of reputable Egyptian Scientists both in Egypt and abroad, as they represent an important asset and resource for building Egypt’s renaissance. This Council is responsible for consolidating best practices and promoting policies and strategies that would allow Egypt to maximize its STI potential and compete internationally with other knowledge-based economies. We believe that the realization of this ambitious dream can only be achieved through cooperation with partners from both the public and private sectors, on whom we are counting to support us in our mission.
Dr. Alaa Eldin M. Adris