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Rwanda: World Bank, Rwanda Hosts Africa Forum on Higher Education for Science, Technology and Innovation
Source: Google Alert
Source Date: Friday, March 14, 2014
Focus: ICT for MDGs
Country: Rwanda
Created: Mar 14, 2014

Addressing delegations and experts today, Hon. Vincent Biruta, Minister of Education, Rwanda said:
“This forum will examine how Africa will work together to develop the necessary science, technology, research and innovation capacity that will serve the priority sectors of our economies such as agriculture, environment, trade and industry, infrastructure, health and ICTs.”
In an opening keynote speech for the forum on Thursday, March 13, Makhtar Diop, the World Bank's Vice President for Africa, will tell participants:
“We are delighted to co-host this forum with the Government of Rwanda—a leading champion of science and technology in Africa—because it is absolutely critical to invest more in high-quality science, technology, engineering and mathematics education on the continent. We need to produce more graduates who can drive private sector competitiveness, find solutions to pressing development problems, contribute to faster and more inclusive growth in our African economies, and allow Africa to take its rightful place in the fully integrated global economy.”
Convening senior representatives from governments, academia, and the private sector, the forum will also highlight the importance of setting up regional centers of excellence in various disciplines such as agriculture, biotechnology, health, water and sanitation, and information and communication technologies.
“Regional partnerships help universities to pool their resources, achieve economies of scale, set up joint facilities and standards, and most importantly, share knowledge and expertise,” Diop will note, “Beyond the borders of the continent, we need to tap the vast experience of Brazil, China, India, and Korea.”
The forum, which will be live-streamed on March 13 at: http://www.livestream.com/worldbankafrica, includes panel discussions with ministers, stakeholders, and experts. Participating countries will issue a call to action at the conclusion of the forum.

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