Tanzania Commission for Science and Technology

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oThe Tanzania Commission for Science and Technology (COSTECH) is a parastatal organization affiliated with the government of Tanzania. COSTECH was created by an Act of the National Assembly of Tanzania in 1986 as a successor to the Tanzania National Scientific Research Council. The commission was a subsidiary institution to the Ministry of Communications, Science and Technology (MCST) and is now a subsidiary institution to the Ministry of Education, Science & Technology.[1][2] COSTECH's main offices are located in Dar es Salaam.

The function of COSTECH is that of "co-ordinating and promoting research and technology development activities in the country."[3] COSTECH is the "chief advisor to the Government on all matters pertaining to science and technology and their application to the socio-economic development of the country."[4] Government-funded science activity in the country is governed by the commission, and its duties include the administration of research grants, maintenance of research registry and science information services, setting research policy, and creating incentives for invention and innovation.[citation needed] Areas of activity include the Internet, biotechnology, energy, telecommunications, the development of multimedia teaching material, and more.[citation needed]

COSTECH works with corporations, universities, and other parastatals, including the Tanzania Industrial Research and Development Organization and the Tanzania Traditional Energy Development and Environment Organization.[citation needed]

COSTECH is currently led by Dr. Hassan Mshinda, who formerly served as Director General of the Ifakara Health Institute.[5]


Research & Governmental Organizations[edit]

In addition to numerous collaborating organizations,[6] sister subsidiary institutions of COSTECH under the MCST include:

Non-governmental and international affiliates[edit]

  • Dar Teknohama Business Incubator (DTBi), led by Engineer George Mulamula [7][8]
  • Human Development Innovation Fund (HDIF), led by David B. Mcginty, Palladium International (formerly known as GRM Futures Group) with KPMG[9][10][11]
  • TANZICT, a bilateral collaboration between the Ministry of Communications, Science and Technology of Tanzania MCST and Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland[12]
  • Buni Innovation Hub, Innovation space (tech space) focusing on Innovation and Technology Entrepreneurship bridging the skills gap in Tanzanian youths by conducting several programmes, activities and events. They create competent youths for the local incubation and acceleration programmes. The program has been led by Jumanne Mtambalike and Brian Paul the hub managers since 2013.

See also[edit]

Science and technology in Tanzania

Ministry of Communication, Science and Technology of Tanzania


  1. ^ "Ministry of Education, Science and Technology". moe.go.tz. Retrieved 2017-03-20.
  2. ^ "COSTECH site reference".
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2007-08-15. Retrieved 2008-06-18.
  4. ^ "Tanzanian Commission for Science and Technology (COSTECH) | Innovations for Poverty Action". www.poverty-action.org. Retrieved 2017-03-20.
  5. ^ http://www.costech.or.tz/?page_id=1597
  6. ^ http://www.costech.or.tz/?page_id=1610
  7. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2015-02-08. Retrieved 2015-02-08.
  8. ^ "About us - Teknohama".
  9. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2015-03-01. Retrieved 2015-02-20.
  10. ^ "HDIF project launched at COSTECH - Magazeti ya leo- Tanzania News -Tanzania Today".
  11. ^ http://www.ippmedia.com/frontend/?l=67782
  12. ^ "About". TANZICT. 26 September 2011.

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