The EASTECO is a semi-autonomous institution of the East African Community (EAC) with the following mandate:

to coordinate and facilitate the activities of the Partner States and national science and technology institutions (including the relevant national Commissions/Councils) to promote the development and application of science, technology and innovation in all its aspects including

  • policy development,
  • research and development,
  • knowledge and skills development,
  • technology acquisition, adaptation and utilization,
  • administrative issues,
  • resource mobilisation and utilisation,
  • program,product and project development and implementation.

 The Commission has the following functions:

(a) To formulate the policies of Commission;
(b) To determine priorities for regional collaborative research and promote the development of regional research Centers of excellence;
(c) To formulate policies that shall safeguard the region from hazards that might result from research activities and application of science and         technology;
(d) To monitor and evaluate the implementation of agreed regional science and technology policies;
(e) To establish think tanks that shall evaluate trends and forecast in science and technology and give recommendations to Partner States;
(f) To develop mechanisms for the identification, promotion and growth of special talents in science and technology, with particular emphasis on the youth and gender parity;
(g) To promote the use and development of indigenous knowledge and technology;
(h) To facilitate the dissemination and internalisation of new and emerging technology;
(i) To promote and coordinate the public and private sector partnership in the development and application of science and technology;
(j) To establish and coordinate the implementation of common ethical guidelines for research and its application in the community;
(k) To promote the exchange and utilisation of scientific information;
(l) To support the dissemination of research and development findings in the Partner States;
(m) To enhance collaboration in the training of personnel for various scientific and technological disciplines;
(n) To promote the inculcation of a science and technology culture in the Partner States.