Research conference ideas to feed into NT2063 accelerators

Research conference ideas to feed into NT2063 accelerators

The National Planning Commission (NPC) says information from the National Research Dissemination Conference (NRDC) to take place from Wednesday November 18 to Friday November 20, 2020 in Mangochi will input into strategies for operationalisation of the soon to be launched National Transformation 2063 new vision for Malawi.

The conference, which will be held under the theme ‘Research, Innovation and Entrepreneurship Towards a Productive and Resilient Nation’, has been jointly organised by the National Planning Commission (NPC) and the National Commission for Science and Technology (NCST).

It will be officially opened by the Vice President of the Republic of Malawi, Dr. Saulos Klaus Chilima.
Speaking during a joint press briefing hosted by NPC and NCST ahead of the conference on Thursday, November 12 in Lilongwe, NPC Research Manager Dr. Andrew Jamali said the conference is in line with the new culture of evidence-based planning and implementation which is being promoted by NPC.

NPC Research Manager Dr. Andrew Jamali
NPC Research Manager Dr. Andrew Jamali

“We have to transform our attitudes towards research-based planning and implementation. Planning has to be informed by data, we cannot achieve development through guess work,” he added.

He said NPC is excited with the conference as it comes at the time when Malawi is about to launch the successor to Vision 2020, saying the conference will feed into various strategies, accelerators and other implementation tools for the successor to Vision 2020.

On their part, NCST Director of Documentation and Information Services Ms. Gift Kadzamira said one of aims of the conference is to promote usage of research in policy making and national development, saying there is currently less uptake of research outcomes in Malawi.

She cited donor influence and lack of access to some of the research findings among the factors.
“Sometimes when a research has been funded by donors, it serves their interests and not those of Malawi. Findings are often inaccessible to anyone else other than the donors or we have to pay to access them,” said Kadzamira.

She said the conference will also provide a platform for researchers and innovators to showcase their work, facilitate collaboration, networking and partnerships among researchers, innovators and other stakeholders as well as promote knowledge exchange and transfer.

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NPC releases report on the first National Development Conference

NPC releases report on the first National Development Conference

The National Planning Commission (NPC) hosted the 1st annual National Development Conference at the Bingu International Conference Centre (BICC) in Lilongwe from 27th to 28th August 2020 under the theme: “Beyond Political Freedom to Inclusive Wealth Creation and Self-Reliance”. The conference was officially opened by His Excellency Dr. Lazarus McCarthy Chakwera, President of the Republic of Malawi, on Thursday, August 27, 2020. The report of the conference has now been published and released by NPC and can be access through the link below: 1ST National Development Conference Report

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3rd National Research Dissemination Conference (NRDC) 18th – 20th November 2020

3rd National Research Dissemination Conference (NRDC)

18th – 20th November 2020

Venue: Sunbird Nkopola Hotel, Mangochi

Preamble

The National Commission for Science and Technology (NCST) wishes to inform all stakeholders and invited researchers that the Third National Research and Dissemination Conference, whose theme is entitled “Research, innovation and entrepreneurship towards a productive and resilient nation” will now be held from 18th -20th November, 2020 at Sunbird Nkopola Hotel in Mangochi following its postponement from April 2020 as a result of COVID-19 pandemic.

The 3rd NRDC objectives are to:

  • Promote uptake of research results
  • Provide a platform for researchers and innovators to showcase their work
  • Promote collaboration, networking and partnerships among researchers, innovators and other stakeholders
  • Facilitate evidence based policy decision making
  • Promote knowledge exchange and transfer

Thematic Areas of Focus

The NRDC shall fall under the following thematic areas which are also in-line with the Medium Term Development Strategy – MGDS III with a view to promote Research, Science and Technology as a key enabler of Vision 2063:

  • Agriculture, Irrigation and Food Security
  • Water, Environment, Waste Management, Climate Change and Natural Resources
  • Education, Social Sciences and Humanities
  • Health and Population
  • Energy, Transport and Engineering
  • ICT and Knowledge Management
  • Intellectual Property (IP), Entrepreneurship and Industry
  • Tourism
  • Financial Technology (Fin-tech)

Requirements

Presenters are being advised to submit full papers failing which they will not be allowed to present at the conference.

Furthermore, all participants and researchers shall be required to pay a registration fee of MK75,000.00 or 110 (US Dollars) while participating students shall pay MK40,000.00 which will cover the cost of lunch, refreshments, and venue to the following account.

Account Name : SE & T

Account Number : 3337715

Bank : National Bank of Malawi

Branch : Capital City

SWIFT Code : NBMAMWMW 008

If you are paying in foreign currency, the deposit should be paid into the following Foreign Currency Domination Account:

Account Name : NCST FCDA

Account Number : 1000413198

Bank : National Bank of Malawi

Branch : Capital City

SWIFT CODE : NBMAMWMW 008

Please remember to send your scanned participation fee deposit slip to nrdc@ncst.mw

Presenters and participants will be required to finance own accommodation, transport and subsistence allowances.

For confirmation and inquiries please write to gkadzamira@ncst.mw or call on +265 999 510 544 and Mr. Gausi email: hgausi@ncst.mw or call on +265 999 370 676

Please note that all COVID 19 precautionary measures will be adhered to.

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