What Have We Accomplished?

Though still a young organization, ECASTI has already made positive contributions to the STI policy environment in Egypt. In late 2013, ECASTI submitted a series of recommendations to the 50-member committee drafting the constitutional amendments to what later became the 2014 Egyptian Constitution. A number of these recommendations were successfully adopted, most significant among which were:

  • A recognition of the importance of scientific research to progress, development, and the achievement of national sovereignty and a knowledge-based economy (Article 23);
  • A commitment to encouraging the contributions of Egyptian scientists residing abroad to the advancement of science and scientific knowledge in Egypt (Article 23);
  • A clear definition of education and the philosophy behind it (Article 19);
  • An acknowledgement of the role of teachers and faculty in the educational process and a commitment to building the capacity of educators (Article 22).

Building on this constitutional recognition of the importance of STI to Egypt’s future developmental prospects, ECASTI also played a significant role in the Egypt Vision 2030 initiative spearheaded by the Ministry of Planning, which aims to outline a sustainable development strategy for the year 2030. ECASTI led the knowledge and innovation component of the strategy during the initial phases of the initiative, helping to identify central vision and goals that will guide knowledge and innovation in Egypt in the coming 15 years.

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