GHANA TO SET UP PRESIDENTIAL ADVISORY COUNCIL ON SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY

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.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK