170 African researchers brainstorm on science in Accra

Prof.Kwabena Frimpong Boateng-Minister- designate for Science,Technology and Innovation

Prof.Kwabena Frimpong Boateng

About 170 research scientists from 31 African countries have to deliberate on how science can enable Africa to meet its health and developmental challenges.

The three-day Development Excellence in Leadership, Training and Science (DELTAS), the largest community of health researchers annual general meeting which begun yesterday seeks to strengthen intra-Africa research collaboration.

It is also to create a platform for a pool of newly recruited scientists, research fellows and trainees to showcase the scientific work that is being undertaken across 11 consortia to address health challenges facing Africa.

The DELTAS Africa is a five-year programme (2015-2020) being implemented by the African Academy of Sciences Alliance for Accelerating Excellence with support from the Wellcome Trust and the United Kingdom Department for International Development, to train world class researchers in Africa.

Professor Kwabena Frimpong-Boateng, Ghana’s Minister of Environment, Technology and Innovation, who gave a presentation on his ” life journey from cardiovascular miracles to political leadership”, urged African scientists to  “bring out the uniqueness in them” for the development of the continent, adding that research and development must be locally driven.

The renowned cardiologist turned politician expressed the government’s commitment to allocate one per cent of gross domestic product for research.

He said a Presidential Advisory Committee on Scientific and Technology was being put in place to develop a framework for promoting research and development.

Prof. Frimpong-Boateng stressed on the need for relevant and focused research that would translate into industrial products.

He said his vision was to help in attitudinal change for people to take the destiny of the country in their own hands.

A Deputy Minister of Health, Kingsley Aboagye Gyedu underscored the contribution of researchers to the development of Ghana, adding that their contribution had gone beyond the boundaries of Ghana.

He said the government was committed to support local research scientist to drive the country’s health research agenda.

The Vice Chancellor of the University of Ghana, Prof. Ebenezer Oduro Owusu said the premier university had the agenda to become a centre of excellence in research, noting the critical role of science and technology for the development of Africa.

By Salifu Abdul-Rahaman

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