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March 30th, 2018 / ITedge News, Nigeria

Building knowledge economies of citizens highly competent in science and mathematics is the key to African countries achieving the high income status necessary to climb out of poverty and take their place in global network of innovators, Rwandan President Paul Kagame has told an audience of global stakeholders in the Next Einstein Forum Global Gathering holding in Kigali, the Rwandan capital.

The Next Einstein Forum Global Gathering is a biennial event bringing together the continent’s top scientists, policy-makers, and innovators. This year’s event is holding under the theme “Connecting science to humanity”, and saw speakers from academia, industry , civil society and government zooming in on science and technology issues affecting the continent.

“Africa’s young people can re-invent and re-invigorate the sciences if properly equipped,” said Thierry Zomahoun, the NEF Founder and Chairman, who also heads up the African Institute of Mathematical Sciences (AIMS) at the opening ceremony of the 2018 NEF in Kigali on Monday.

“We must invest in Africa’s most important resource in the next century: young scientists who will drive research driven innovation. This is the fastest way to chart our own path to self-reliance and global competiveness,” Zomahoun said, setting the tone for the three day conference. Read more