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Cablegate: Science with Africa Conference, Addis Ababa

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SUBJECT: SCIENCE WITH AFRICA CONFERENCE, ADDIS ABABA


1. Summary. The UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) in collaborat

2. The Conference brought together over 700 people including African an

Africa - a Sleeping "Giant"
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3. The 2007 AU Heads of States summit in Addis Ababa specifically calle

4. A number of presenters focused on the economic potential of Africa b

5. However, AfricaQs prevailing challenges by far out-weigh its tacit p

6. One presenter described AfricaQs grim condition as follows: "Africa

7. Most presenters cited the fact that science and technology research

8. Overall, the Science with Africa conference provided a very vital fo

Investing in Science isnQt an Option
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9. Almost all presentations cited a strong correlation between the size

10. Also noted was that Africa needs to benefit from a harmonized IP re

11. Presenters consistently drove home the point that knowledge of scie

Way Forward
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12. The Conference recommended that ECA and AUC in collaboration with i

13. Specific recommendations, action points can be found at: http://ww

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