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By Jeffrey Murimbechi
The convergence of Africa’s greatest minds at the Science Forum South Africa in Pretoria should be taken an opportunity to infuse the great ideas shared into government policies across the continent says the African Union.
Nigerian Professor Sarah Anyang Agbor who is the AU Commissioner for Human Resources, Science and Technology says it’s time for Africa to start implementing its ideas
“For the Africa we want Science is very essential. This is why in the Education strategy for 2024, we have the Science Innovation strategy for Africa which consolidates on the place of science innovation and technology.
“We are talking about the recalibration of bio technologies that can be able to bring transformation and impact to the masses of Africa.
“This science forum is very very essential and it is fast becoming a continental forum, you can see the cream of people here from all over the continent and the world.
“So many stakeholders are here but the question for me is that ‘After this forum where do we [Africa] got to, will we go back to our different portfolios, are we able to implement policies that are science different?’
This is very essential,” she said
Building on the success of third SFSA, the 2018 Forum served as a large, open, public platform for debating the science and society interface, looking at issues such as how Africa can achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.
South Africa’s Science and Technology minister, Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane echoed the professor’s sentiments.
“The most critical task of our forum is ensuring that discussions here are relevant and address the needs of our most fragile communities. The forum should help us to ensure we formulate concrete action to deal with the eradication of hunger and achieving food security; the prevention and control of disease; communication; the protection of our space; living together and building society; and wealth creation,” she said.
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