African Union Chairperson announces a Committee of Ten Heads of State and Government to Champion Higher Education in Africa
Ten African Heads of State and Government have been constituted into a Committee to champion Higher Education, Science and Technology in Africa, as part of the efforts to strengthen the role of Science and Technology to enhance the realization of economic growth on the continent.
This announcement was made by Her Excellency, Dr. Nkosasana Dlamini Zuma, Chairperson of the African Union Commission at the opening Ceremony of the Regional University Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM) Fifth Biennial Conference and African Higher Education Week, 2016. The event took place on the 18th October, 2016 at the Century City Conference Centre in Cape Town, South Africa.
The Committee of 10, will support the implementation of the Science, Technology and Innovation Strategy for Africa and ensure that Science, Technology and Innovation can be used to drive economic growth in Africa.
The Committee of 10 will be coordinated by the His Excellency Macky Sall, President of Senegal and include two Heads of State from each of the five African regions. Below is the list of the 10 Heads of State;
|Senegal||President Macky Sall|
|2.||Sierra Leone||President Ernest Bai Karoma|
|Egypt||President Abdel Fattah El Sisi|
|4.||Tunisia||President Beji Caid Essebsi|
|5.||Southern Africa||Malawi||President Arthur Peter Mutharika|
|6.||Namibia||President Have Geingob|
|7.||Eastern Africa||Kenya||President Uhuru Kenyatta|
|8.||Mauritius||President Ameenah Gurib-Fakim|
|9.||Central Africa||Chad||President Idriss Deby Itno|
|10.||Gabon||President Bongo Odimba|
The RUFORUM Board Chair and Vice Chancellor of Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT), Prof. Mabel Imbuga thanked the African Union for putting in place the Committee of 10, which she heralded as a major milestone in the efforts to achieve Agenda 2063 – Building the Africa We want.
She confirmed the readiness of the RUFORUM Network to implement actions to strengthen Higher Education and Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) development in Africa. Click here to download the full press release.