ADDIS ABABA, The United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) has named Ghana’s President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo as the AU Gender Champion for 2017 in recognition of his leading role in championing the empowerment of women.
The award was presented to him here Tuesday at the opening of the 29th Ordinary Session of the African Union (AU), which is being held at AU heaquarters in Addis Ababa this week.
Guinean President and current AU Chairperson Prof. Alpha Conde, who made the announcement, explained that the decision taken by UNECA to confer the award on President Akufo-Addo was in recognition of your efforts in promoting gender equality at the continental level”.
The President was earlier this year appointed Chairperson of the AU’s Committee on Gender and Development, by President Conde.
President Akufo-Addo is in Addis Ababa to attend the AU Assembly of Heads of State and Government which is taking place under the theme, Harnessing the Demographic Dividend through Investment in the Youth.
Issues being discussed include: Institutional reforms of the AU; Roadmap of practical steps to silence guns in Africa by 2020; the Continental Free Trade Area (CFTA); and the implementation of Africa’s Agenda 2063 � The strategic framework for the socio-economic transformation of the continent over the next 50 years.
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK
ACCRA, Ghana will soons set up a Presidential Advisory Council on Science and Technology to inform Government on strategic priorities and policies to adopt to strengthen, sustain, attract and retain, leveraging science and technology and mainstreaming research for development in order for the country to achieve rapid growth
This was disclosed here Tuesdaby by the Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation, Professor Kwabena Frimpong Boateng, when he opened a three-day workshop and annual Grantees Meeting Programme under the Developing Excellence in Leadership, Taining and Science (DELTAS AFRICA) programme.
The event was organized by the African Academy of Sciences (AAS) and the Alliance for Accelerating Excellence in Science in Africa (AESA) under the auspices of the West African Centre for Cell Biology of Infectious Pathogens (WACCBIP) of the University of Ghana.
The Minister said a Science and Technology Innovation (STI) fund would be established to support research and development (R&D) for accelerated growth. The government was also re-modifying the existing science policy to meet the exigencies of the times, going forward, he added.
Prof Boateng said the government was resolved to meeting the recommendations of the African Union (AU) to commit at least one per cent of gross domestic product (GDP) to funding science and research, compared with the funding of only about 0.025 per cent of GDP.
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