ATPS Executive Director welcomes China's pledge to increase support for African Science
The ATPS Executive Director, Prof Kevin Urama has welcomed China's pledge to increase support for African Science. Prof Urama was responding to a statement by the Chinese prime minister, Hu Jintao where he promised his country's support for ST&I in Africa in various fields including Health, Water and Agriculture.
The Prime Minister, while addressing the fifth Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC), in Beijing, China said "China will build more agricultural technology demonstration centers as necessary to help African countries increase production capacity. China will implement the "African Talents Program" to train 30,000 personnel in various sectors for Africa, offer 18,000 government scholarships, and build cultural and vocational skills training facilities in African countries. China will deepen medical and health cooperation with Africa, send 1,500 medical personnel to Africa, and continue to carry out the "Brightness Action" activities in Africa to provide free treatment for cataract patients. China will help African countries enhance capacity building in meteorological infrastructure and forest protection and management. China will continue to carry out well-drilling and water supply projects in Africa to provide safe drinking water for the African people."
Prof Urama however noted that "whereas the Chinese initiatives are welcome, we must realise that they will only be successful if they are Africa-led and designed to build ownership by African countries."
Posted on Tuesday 7th August, 2012