Posted by: africanpressorganization | 12 March 2010

Ministers call for advancement of science and technology for African socio-economic development




Ministers call for advancement of science and technology for African socio-economic development


CAIRO, Egypt, March 12, 2010/African Press Organization (APO)/ — African Ministers of Science and Technology met at their fourth Ministerial Session on 10 March 2010, in Cairo, Egypt. The Ministers were meeting to consider the implementation of Africa’s Science and Technology Consolidated Plan of Action (CPA); African Union decisions on science and technology; the Pan African Intellectual Property Organization (PAIPO) and international cooperation, amongst others 


Organized by the Department of Human Resources Science and Technology (HRST) of the African Union Commission (AUC), the Fourth Session of the African Ministerial Conference on Science and Technology (AMCOST IV) followed a two day experts meeting. Under the chairmanship of H.E. Dr. Hany Helal, Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research of the Government of Egypt, AMCOST IV was held in the presence of H.E Prof. Jean Pierre Ezin, Commissioner for the Department of HRST of the AUC and Prof. Walter Erdelen, Assistant Director General of Natural Sciences of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).


Speaking during the opening ceremony of the Ministerial meeting, Commissioner Ezin called on all stakeholders to work on their responsibilities attentively, in order to the continent to move forward and realise the benefits of science and technology. “We must build a new Africa in a scientific way” he said.


Within the framework of promoting scientific collaboration and research in Africa the Commission is executing a number of strategic partnerships including the Africa-EU Joint Strategy, Africa-Japan, Africa-South America, Africa-India and Africa-India amongst others, the Commissioner told participants. (Commissioner Ezin’s speech is available on the AU website: )


Addressing participants, Prof. Erdelen said due to the fact that African countries continue to move towards an open market system and depend on their own natural resources as a means of economic development, the importance of scientific research for the accumulation and use of the best scientific information for the strategic management and sustainable utilization of resources is important.


He further noted that science, technology, and innovation are critical factors in the development of the continent. “UNESCO has accompanied the AU in its effort to put science and technology on the agenda for the social and economic development of the African Continent…” the Assistant Director-General added.


On his part, Dr. Helal said, the government of Egypt is willing to pledge its full resources for Africa to speed up the momentum of science & technology on the continent.   


During a day-long meeting the Ministers recommended that Member States should boost the capacity of the science and technology and ICT divisions of the AUC. They also commended the establishment of the African Cluster for Science and Technology as a platform to coordinate the implementation of the CPA. 


Furthermore, the Ministers urged Member States to establish a forum for scientists to share experience and best practices on science and technology, innovation fund mechanisms and research grants. 


Participants at the AMCOST IV included the AU Commission, Member States, RECs, international organizations and civil societies.  



African Union Commission (AUC)


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