As part of government’s effort to improve scientific research management systems in all sectors of the economy, the Ministry of Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation (MESTI), has initiated the process of setting up a High-Performance Computing Center (HPPC) to aid research in the country.
The research facility which is an offshoot of the Square Kilometer Array (SKA), inaugurated by H. E. Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo- Addo in 2017, is expected to provide computing capacity, high-bandwidth communication access, as well as an online platform to enable the sharing of research databases and information among researchers, research institutions and funders of research across the globe.
This was disclosed when the Minister for MESTI, Prof. Kwabena Frimpong-Boateng, delivered the keynote address at the Noguchi Memorial Institute 40th International Research Conference in Accra.
According to him, the use of high impact data analytics to determine the number of research publications and citations in healthcare, energy, transportation and agriculture was essential to national development.
“We should be able to determine the most impactful research areas that have been supported and which areas needed strengthening and from which areas resources must be-redirected”, he said.
According to him, collaboration among governments, private and public research institutions, as well as the academia, was important to foster knowledge exchange, technology transfer and transformation of research outputs into commercial products and services, adding that this arrangement could facilitate the creations of industries and jobs for the economic transformational agenda.
Prof. Kwabena Frimpong-Boateng explained that the launched of the Ghana Innovation & Research Commercialization Center (GIRC-Center) as a strategic platform for MESTI and its partners to enhance work efficiency, was also to facilitate an active, ongoing engagements among stakeholders and to provide guidance and support services that would enable researchers and innovators to avoid the pitfalls associated the processes of commercialization.
Source: MESTI PR UNIT