African Regional Conference holds opportunities — UNESCO

The upcoming African Regional Conference and Exhibition on Light and Light-Based Technologies presents opportunity for corporate bodies in light related industries to explore the central role of light in solving many of the challenges facing the continent.

The Secretary-General of the Ghana National Commission for UNESCO, Mr. Riche-Mike Welling-ton speaking when the IYL Local Organising Committee met sponsors and exhibitors of the event at a roundtable discussion said opportunities abound in the areas of energy, communication, agriculture, health, and education, among others.

The meeting was to provide information on preparations so far made towards the successful hosting of the Conference & Exhibition in Ghana next month.

The event is slated for September 14-16, 2015, at the International Conference Centre.

The Chairman of the ceremony, Prof. Alfred A. Oteng-Yeboah explained that the event would reach an audience of millions of scientists, industry leaders and the general public worldwide.

“The International Year of Light consortium already consists of over 100 major international learned societies, light-related industry players, volunteer organisations and other international bodies from over 85 countries around the world,” he said.

Ghana’s involvement in the International Year of Light celebrations has already found four identified priority areas that are paramount for the sustainable development of the country.

These are: The upgrading of the Laser and Fibre Optics Centre at the University of Cape Coast into a full-fledged institute for capacity — building in fibre optics technology;

The establishment in the country of a sub-regional Laser Medical Application Laboratory (LMAL) to train medical practitioners to make use of the relevant laser technologies in the field of urology, ophthalmology, dentistry and general surgery.

The establishment in the country of a solar technology research centre, to enhance the study and promotion of solar science and the use of alternative energy and establishment of a museum of light and light-based technologies as part of solutions to the post-2015 United Nations development agenda.

Among the corporate bodies who attended the briefing ceremony included representatives from UT Bank, Dutch & Co, Stanbic Bank, VRA, Pamasonik Ltd., GN Bank, Teleda ICT, Solar-Light Co, National Communications Authority, Dizengoff, Compudist Ghana, AGSI, LuminAid Ltd., Graphic Communications Group Limited and tertiary institutions.

By Times Reporter

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