T.B. Jarra, permanent secretary at the Ministry of Higher Education, Research
Science and Technology (MoHERST), has said that research must not be based on
anecdotal evidence but evidenced-based if it is to inform public policy.
P.S Jarra made these remarks on Tuesday 25 June at a two-day National Research Policy Consultative meeting organised by MoHERST.
“Research, Science and Technology in nation building continue to be an important topic among policymakers, researchers and innovators around the globe,” he remarked.
He further stated that the available evidence shows that all advanced economies and most emerging ones give high priority to the development of both industrial and scientific research as well as socio-economic research in all aspects of the economies.
“This has laid the foundation for improved quality of life of their citizens and an overall prosperity in most of these countries,” he said
Sulayman Barry, deputy PS MoHERST, said that the main objective of the meeting was to come up with a draft agenda, adding in the process of formulating the course policy, that meeting was just the steps to be taken.
“We would have a good number of processes that need to be implemented before reaching the point where you have the draft policy,” he stated.
Professor Francis Sarr, representative of the vice chancellor, University of The Gambia, said that research happens to be a very important element in nation building.
“The University of The Gambia as a public institution in The Gambia will engage and help The Gambia in nation building because that is why it is established in the first place,” he pointed out.