On May 15th, 2018, the AFRICA-ai-JAPAN Office received a courtesy call visit from the Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST), Ambassador Tatsuo Arai and Dr. Toshiyasu Ichioka from the Department of International Affairs.
JST is a National Research and Development Agency which covers wide range of research and innovation activities from strategic basic research to valorization of research outcomes, including support to science education as well as science communication.
Of importance, is the Science and Technology Research Partnership for Sustainable Development (SATREPS) program which is a JST and JICA program for research projects targeting global issues and involving partnership between Japan and developing countries. The program is structured as a collaboration between the Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST), which provides competitive research funds for science and technology projects, and the Japan Agency for Medical Research and Development (AMED), which provides competitive research funds for medical research and development, and the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), which provides development assistance. Based on the needs of developing countries, the program aims to address global issues and lead to research outcomes of practical benefit to both local and global society. JKUAT has benefited from this program for many years
JST made a courtesy visit to the Vice Chancellor Prof. Mabel O. Imbuga and Deputy Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs, who is also the Project Director, AFRICA-ai-JAPAN project, and exchanged views and opinions on how to strengthen the cooperation with Africa, and how strategic cooperation in Science, Technology and Innovation can be realized between Kenya and Japan.