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Dr. Victor Agyemang, Director-General of the Council for Scientific and Industrial

Research (CSIR), has criticized the poor budgetary support to Science, Research and Technology

Education in Africa, and said this would have to change if it was to win the battle

against poverty.

SCIENCEThe situation where the continent produced only two per cent of the world?s

knowledge and less than 0.1 per cent of inventions, should be a source of

deep worry to everybody.

The picture even becomes darker considering the fact that the number of

researchers in sub-Saharan Africa is currently estimated to be just about

one-fifteenth of the world?s average.

Dr. Agyemang said this had been the cause of Africa?s slow socio-

economic progress.

In spite of its abundant natural resources, human capital and

development potentials, Africa was ranked the least industrialized,

accounting for less than one per cent of the global manufacturing index.

Dr. Agyemang said this was badly affecting the overall contribution of Higher

Education, Science and Technology, to the gross national income of most of

the countries, warning that, the trend could result in perpetual poverty and

under-development.

He was addressing an International Conference on Engineering, Science,

Technology and Entrepreneurship, held at the Kwame Nkrumah University of

Science and Technology (KNUST) in Kumasi.

The two-day programme was under the theme: ?Promoting Creativity and

Innovation for Development, ? and was structured to allow the participants to

brainstorm on a wide-range of issues to assist stimulate socio-economic

growth.

These included agriculture and food security, water, environment and human

health, energy, electronic and communication technology, entrepreneurship and

the built environment.

The conference brought together experts in Engineering, Entrepreneurship,

Science and Technology fields, to generate innovative ideas and how they

could be developed into commercial products.

Dr. Agyemang said scientific studies was the answer to Africa?s development

challenges, and urged political leaders to prioritize investment in research

and higher education.

Source : GNA/newsghana.com.gh

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