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“STI must drive every sector of our economy” – Dr Kwaku Afriyie

The Minister for Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation (MESTI), Dr Kwaku Afriyie has reiterated government’s commitment to position Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) at the center of national development in order to build a robust innovation eco-system to drive the Ghana Beyond Aid Agenda.

To this end, government is seeking to build strong partnership between the government, our research institutions, the scientific and academic communities and industry to ensure that STI drive all sectors of the Ghanaian economy.

Dr Kwaku Afriyie disclosed this at virtual kickoff meeting for the K-Innovation Partnership Programme between MESTI and the Science and Technology Policy Institute (STEPI) of South Korea.

He said, “the goal of this initiative is to accelerate industrialization, help solve the problem of widespread unemployment in the country, and help generate wealth that will stay in the country,” he stressed.

“It is in pursuit of this vision that the MESTI has decided to establish the Ghana Innovation and Research Commercialization Center (GIRC-Centre) to spreadhead this partnership and create the environment in which innovation thrives in this country.”

According to the Minister, “in addition to partnering with industry to drive and grow research and the socio-economic development of the country, the GIRC-Center will also provide support for and strengthen the innovation Eco-System of in the Country.”

The K-Innovation Partnership Programme is a U$D1.5million 3years grant initiative funded by South Korea to support MESTI to establish and operationalize the GIRC-Center.

Source: MESTI PR Unit