Science, Technology Ministerial conference underway in Ethiopia

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Addis Ababa, May 30 , 2012 ( WIC) - A three-day Ministerial Conference on ‘Science and Technology’ got underway Tuesday in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, with participants sharing experiences with Africa’s Regional Economic Communities, a statement from the African Union (AU) has said.

The ‘First Bureau Meeting of the fourth African Ministerial Conference’ which started on Monday and lasts till Wednesday will be followed by a ministerial session on 31 May, the statement said.

The meeting will enable key regional and multilateral institutions, among others, to strategise for Africa’s science agenda.
The purpose of the meeting is to allow senior officials prepare for the ministerial meeting of the bureau and also to monitor the implementation of the programme of work that has been endorsed.

Mrs. Vera Brenda Ngosi, a senior official at the AU Commission, said the meeting's agenda would guide the steering committee’s deliberations.

She said it would also provide “an opportunity to take stock of what the steering committee is collectively doing in the implementation of Africa’s Science and Technology Consolidated Plan of Action (CPA).

“Science and Technology should effectively respond to our national, regional and continental priorities, to trigger socio-economic transformation of our countries,” she said, adding “Our interventions should prompt Africa’s integration process, intra-Africa cooperation, and human and institutional development among others.”

Meanwhile, the meeting’s agenda is said to mainly cover African Union research grants, linking higher education and research in Africa through the Pan African University, through Consolidated Plan of Action Review, and the establishment of an African Observatory for Science and Technology and Innovation. (