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African Union Chairperson announces a Committee of Ten Heads of State and Government to Champion Higher Education in Africa


Her Excellency Dr. Nkosasana Dlamini Zuma, Chairperson of the African Union Commission at the fifth Biennial Conference and Higher Education Week in Cape Town, South Africa. Photo Credit: Aletta Harrison

Her Excellency Dr. Nkosasana Dlamini Zuma, Chairperson of the African Union Commission at the fifth Biennial Conference and Higher Education Week in Cape Town, South Africa. Photo Credit: Aletta Harrison

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;

No. Region Country Member
1.        West Africa

 

Senegal President Macky Sall
2.        Sierra Leone President Ernest Bai Karoma
3.        North Africa

 

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.

 

 

Showcasing Excellence in Youth Innovations in Africa


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RUFORUM celebrated the success of young African entrepreneurs who have come up with innovative solutions to address food insecurity and poverty-related challenges on Wednesday morning.

A panel of 15 young people from across the continent showcased their businesses, which addressed a diverse range of issues, including ICT support for smallholder farmers, agri-processing and even capitalising on waste.

The young entrepreneurs were congratulated by African Union Chair Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, who said she was very impressed and wished them success.

She reminded the young innovators that their future is also the future of the continent.

“Your dreams are not just for you; they are your dreams but they are empowering all of us,” Dlamini-Zuma said.

South African youth farmer Dimakatso Sekhoto, who said she ended up in farming “by mistake” after a career in finance, closed the session with an impassioned plea for support of young people in agriculture.

African Union Commissioner for Human Resources, Science and Technology receives RUFORUM Recognition Award


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Above: His Excellency Dr. Martial De Ikounga, recipient of the RUFORUM recognition award during the FARA Science Week in Kigali, Rwanda

His Excellency Dr. Martial De Ikounga, the African Union Commissioner for Human Resources, Science and Technology was recognised by RUFORUM for “his commitment and outstanding leadership in the development and implementation of national and continental-wide functional frameworks for Science, Technology & Innovation in Africa”. This event took place during the seventh Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA) Science Week being held 13-16 June 2016 here in Kigali, Rwanda.

RUFORUM as part of its mandate with the African Union Commission is implementing Priority One “Eradication of hunger and achieving food and nutrition securityof the Science, Technology and Innovation Strategy for Africa 2024 (STISA -2024).  In his remarks, Commissioner Ikounga reiterated the importance of Science, Technology and Innovation for achieving Africa’s goals. He thanked RUFORUM for supporting universities to align their resources to the STISA 2024 to ensure the achievement of STISA 2024. He also noted that RUFORUM had achieved a lot in support of STISA, for which he commended RUFORUM.

RUFORUM has worked closely with two Departments of the African Union Commission since its signing of Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with African Union Commission in July 2014. The two Departments are Human Resources, Science and Technology and the Department for Rural economy and Agriculture. For more information on RUFORUM’s engagement with African Union, please click on the links below;

  1. Dialogue on STISA 2024: African Ministers meet in Malawi
  2. RUFORUM Convenes stakeholders to develop an Implementation Plan for the Science, Technology and Innovation Strategy for Africa
  3. Her Excellency, Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma receives a RUFORUM Award for Her exemplary leadership and Advancement of Higher Education, Science, Technology and Innovation

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