Africa: Csir, Environment Ministry Mark Africa Renaissance Day in Accra

The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), under the auspices of the Ministry of Environment and Science (MESTI), yesterday marked the African Scientific Renaissance Day (ASRD) in Accra.

Held on the theme ‘leveraging science and technology for wealth creation,’ the three-day event serves as an opportunity to promote science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education.

The day, observed annually across Africa on June 30th, is in remembrance of Africa’s great contribution to the rise and development of modern sciences and technology

Speaking at the opening, the Minister of Environment, Science Technology & Innovation, Ophelia Mensah Hayford, explained that the day was instituted by Africa Union in 1987 for African nations to reflect the continent’s contribution to the development of modern Science and Technology.

For her, the theme was appropriate as it was a time for member states to use the opportunity to

take a retrospect view of their unique situation and circumstances.

She said leveraging science and technology as a solution to the poverty problem would therefore involve diverse strategies and approaches in the continent.

” This will mean that science and technology must be applied appropriately in the critical sectors of agriculture, health, trade and industry, physical infrastructure development , energy , environment and natural resources management and information communication technology” she noted, and also added that leveraging science and technology are sure ways of creating wealth in Africa.