PRESS RELEASE Nº09/ 24th AU SUMMIT
Commissioner Martial de Paul Ikounga briefed the press on enhancement of African talents and resources
Addis Ababa, 27th January 2015. The African Union Commissioner for Human Resources, Science and Technology (HRST), H.E Dr. Martial de Paul Ikounga addressed on 27 January a press conference on the theme Africa 2063: Promoting African Resources and talents. The press conference took place at African Union Headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia within the framework of the 24th AU Summit holding from 23 – 31 January 2015 under the theme: “Year of Women’s Empowerment and Development towards Africa’s Agenda 2063”.
The Commissioner s aid Africa is on its way to unleash the potential of young people across the Continent. “For the Agenda 2063 journey to be successful, we need to invest in the youth” he said. Commissioner Ikounga added that the issue of skills enhancement is essential for the development of African. In that regard, the Human resources, Science and technology department of the African Union has elaborated a ten years plan for science, technology and innovation. The initiative of the Pan-African University is one of the key items of the strategy. Through this project, Africa “is building a training centre for excellence. It is a university dedicated both to training and research.”, he said.
The Commission explained that, the development of this flagship project will be important in the sense that it will help the Continent to face challenges like youth unemployment, epidemics like Ebola, etc. However, for all this to become a reality, Africa needs to address other issues such as the establishment of an African passport which will ease the mobility of the teachers and students within the continent.
Dr Ikounga also underlined that; the innovation process on the Continent will provide women with the opportunity to be creative and promote entrepreneurship as well as enhance African talents. “The establishment of the Panafrican Office for the intellectual Property will be useful in this regard... ”, he emphasised while adding that the consideration of all those constraints will make Africa an exporter of technology before 2015.
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