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Science And Technology Must Impact Economic Development – ED, GSA

The Executive Director of the Ghana Standards Authority, Professor Alex Dodoo, has questioned the impact of Science and Technology in the country’s development. Presenting a hypothesis on the kind of investment the nation continues to make in science and technology, Professor Dodoo noted that the reverse could be said of its impact in job creation and economic development.

For this reason he has charged all stakeholders, including academia, industry and government to take the radical approach to achieve the appropriate trajectory in science and technology.

Prof. Dodoo made this call at the opening ceremony of the 31st Biennial Conference and 60th anniversary celebration of the Ghana Science Association.

He indicated that the stuck reality was that science, technology and innovation had not kept pace in job creation commensurate with the growth of Ghana’s population.

“Are the scientists allowing government to make the right kind of investment at the right pace to permit science, technology and innovation to yield the expected impact of jobs, wealth creation and national development”, Prof. Dodoo quizzed.

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Executive Director of the Ghana Standards Authority, Professor Alex Dodoo

He further charged scientists to take on the challenge of using science, raw materials, academic expertise and professionals to develop the country in the wake of the numerous developmental challenges it is beset with.

Since no country developed without an assertive, strong bold and courageous scientific community, Prof. Dodoo said scientists need to boldly approach government and take on roles and be judged by their delivery.

Delivering the key note address, Mr. Alex Kwaning, a representative of the minister of Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation, said all over the world major transformative shifts in countries’ growth have often been linked to successful application of science, technology and innovation. This, he said must be adopted for Ghana and Africa to chalk such feat.

The conference which is on the theme, GSA @ 6O: Promoting Science Technology and Innovation for Sustainable Growth and Development is scheduled to end on Thursday, August 1.

President of the Ghana Science Association, Prof. Moses Joojo Eghan explained the conference provided a platform for the necessary deliberations to arrive at practical solutions for sustainable application of Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) for national economic development.

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President of the Ghana Science Association, Prof. Moses Joojo Eghan

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