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Pan-African forum on Science, technology

Kigali, Rwanda - The Rwandan capital, Kigali, will on 12 March host the first Pan-African forum on sharing better practices in science, technology and innovation in higher education.

The forum will bring together political decision-makers in the domain, as well as operators from the private sector on the theme, 'Higher education of science, technology and innovation: Speeding Africa’s goals', official sources told PANA on Thursday in Kigali.

The forum, to be held under the aegis of the World Bank, will enable participants to discuss the challenges facing several African countries in the implementation of the critical mass of competences in the domain of science, technology and innovation, particularly in universities and higher education institutions.

The Pan-African meeting will in addition highlight the key role played by science, technology and innovation to build Africa’s future in the 21st century, and also focus on the priorities and solutions as countries seek to improve their higher education systems.

The improvement of quality in university programmes, particularly in areas such as applied sciences, technology and engineering, might rapidly improve competitiveness, productivity and growth in the region, and will enable economies to diversify, in a bid to reduce the strong dependence of their economies in natural resources exploitation.

Also, the World Bank insists particularly on the need to adopt strategic reforms that can improve the access of youth to education based on science, and make sure that their certificates are the result of the acquisition of relevant knowledge which responds to the needs of the private sector.

Among the speakers expected at the Pan-African forum are Rwanda’s president Paul Kagame, as well as the World Bank deputy manager for Africa region, Makhtar Diop.

Pana 07/08/2014