COCO ELAN news 2012 Kenia Delegation Ostafrika
From left: David Koech, Chairman of the committee of Education, Research and Technology in the Kenyan Parliament; Asman Kamana, Assistant Minister/Kenyan Ministry of Higher Education, Science and Technology (MoHEST); Kabando Wa Kabando, Assistant Minister/Ministry of Youth affairs and Sports/Member of Parliament/Republic of Kenya. Fraunhofer FOKUS

High-level visitors from East Africa

News from May 24, 2012

On May 23rd Fraunhofer FOKUS hosted a delegation of high-level politicians, business leaders and researchers from Kenya – among them the Assistant Minister of Higher-Education, Honourable Asman Kamama, and the Assistant Minister for Youth Affairs and Sports, Honourable Kabando Wa Kabando .

Against the backdrop of a changing research landscape in Kenya, researchers of Fraunhofer FOKUS informed the visitors about application-oriented research in Germany and international cooperations between industry and science. As an example of successful German-African research cooperation, Fraunhofer FOKUS presented the project NET4DC which aims at facilitating access to global communications infrastructure and services in rural areas - especially in emerging and developing countries. Another topic of great interest for the African visitors was the Berlin OpenData project, since the Kenyan government launched the Kenyan Open Data Initiative in 2011. Both initiatives try to enable citizens to get access to public data, for example from public authorities, via IT portals. Further subject of discussion were the project OpenMTC with its focus on an M2M (machine-to-machine)-Communications-platform and the UNIFI initiative aiming at building sustainable teaching and research infrastructures in the areas of Future Internet.