The Director General said this when he paid a courtesy call on the Embassy of the Republic of Zambia in Ethiopia’s Charge d’Affaires, Mr. John Chisanaga.
Prof. Simukanga said that many African countries, including Zambia, were failing to meet the target of investing 1% of their Gross Domestic Product (GDP) towards Research and development.
Prof. Simukanga, who is also chairperson of Natural Science Commission of UNESCO and former University of Zambia (UNZA) Vice-Chancellor, said that it was time African countries invested more in research and innovation if the continent was to realise its aspirations in vision 2063.
He said that it was time that Africa came up with internal mechanisms of funding research and development and not wholly depend on donors for funding for innovation meant for national development.
Figure 2 The Director General and the Zambian Embassy Charge d’Affaires in Ethiopia pose for a picture inside the Embassy of the Republic of Zambia in Ethiopia.
Prof. Simukanga is in Addis Ababa to attend the 3rd Ordinary Session for the Specialised Technical Committee on Education, Science and Technology.
Speaking of the Specialised Technical Committee on Education, Science and Technology, Prof. Simukanga said that the Committee is committed to ensuring that Africa was endowed with sound educational systems for human capital development and a strong capacity for enhancing science and technology innovation.
He said that the meeting was also promoting quality assurance by harmonising higher education qualifications in Africa.
The Professor, however, said that Zambia was yet to accede the Addis Protocol that seeks harmonise and recognise higher education qualifications attained in African Universities.
The Original Press Statement was issued by Mrs. Inutu Mupango Mwanza, First Secretary – Press & Tourism, Embassy of the Republic of Zambia, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on 12th December, 2019.
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