The Forum will comprise of plenary sessions, breakaway sessions and exhibitions.
Selected keynote presentation/s reflective of the theme of the Forum will be made in this session following presentations by the organizing team led by the EAC Secretary General, and the keynote address by the Guest of Honor, in accordance with the applicable protocol.
Specific sub-themes contributory to the theme of the Forum will be structured into breakaway sessions where leading speakers will participate in respective sessions in accordance with the area of expertise and experience as follows:
- Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) as a catalyst for transformation of the production systems and outputs
- Contribution of medium, small and macro enterprises (MSMEs) to ensure optimization of productive potential for sustainable economic growth
- Education ecosystems for knowledge management and information sharing within the EAC industrialization processes
- Role of centers-of-excellence initiatives in the EAC Partner States in industrialization
The plenary and breakaway sessions will run in parallel with exhibitions, in which processes, products and services emanating from research and innovations from universities, research institutions and private sector, both large scale and SMEs, will be showcased as a way of promoting and enhancing academia-public-private partnerships. The key message in the exhibitions will be this: whereas publication of research findings in peer-reviewed journals is good, translating these research findings into innovative products and services that can be commercialized and/or inform policy as well as used, is greater. Furthermore, the exhibitions are expected to reinforce the need for innovative products and services to continuously undergo scrutiny through research for improvement and enhanced competitiveness. The exhibitions will therefore clarify the interface and modalities for joint or separate roles and actions among the academia, public and private players.