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Burundian Ambassador calls for proper funding of science innovation



Amb. Emmanuel Mpfayokurera, Ambassador of Burundi to Nigeria has called for proper funding of science innovation in Africa to develop and boost modern technology in the continent.

Mpfayokurera made this known at the 2nd Congress of African Scientific Research and Innovation Council (ASRIC), titled “Freeing Africa from Hunger, Poverty and Diseases on Friday in Abuja.

“I believe this fund will bring innovation to the entire continent, with the goal of freeing Africa from poverty, hunger and diseases.

“ It is my personal belief that Africa has research projects which lack proper funding; I believe African Scientists can achieve what other scientists from other parts of the world can achieve.

“The only thing which has been preventing African Scientists from achieving like other scientists from other parts of the world is proper funding of their research projects.

Mpfayokurera, who was made a Goodwill Ambassador of ASRIC Resource Mobilisation Team by the council, said African Countries would need to imbibe new perspectives to achieve economic independence through a science-driven economy.

“For the past 50 years, we have been doing trials and errors, and we think that what we did was enough, now it is time to change the gear and adopt a science driven economy, once based on innovation; an

innovation from the result of research and development.

“The ASRIC Fund is the only fund that will allow the continent to move towards an innovation-based African economy and help African Scientists free the continent from hunger and diseases by funding projects targeting these African major challenges,“ he said.

For her part, Prof. Sarah Agbor, Commissioner, Human Resources, Science and Technology (HRST) of the African Union (AU) said ‘Freeing Africa from Poverty, Hunger and Diseases’ is a holistic theme that covers all the aspirations of AU 2063.

“Agenda 2063 is AU’s blueprint and master plan for transforming Africa into the global power house of the future; it identifies the growth in transport sector, infrastructure and energy initiatives, ICT amongst others.

“The vision of AU 2063 is an integrated, prosperous and peaceful Africa, driven by its own competent and skilled citizens able to play in the global arena.

“ASRIC is a call and a mission; ASRIC will lead us to the multi-dimensional transformation that we look up to,“ she said.

Edited By: Felix Ajide

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