Science and technology are needed to end poverty – Minister

Science and technology are needed to end poverty – Minister

- Statistics show that Ghana's current GDP growth rate falls below the standard rate in Africa

- He noted that it would be difficult to eradicate poverty without science and technology

- He also stated that scientists could team up to provide realistic solutions to Africa's challenges

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The minister of Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation (MESTI), professor Kwabena Frimpong Boateng, has stressed on the need for Ghana to pay attention to science and technology, if it is desirous of growing its Gross Domestic Product (GDP).

Science and technology are needed to end poverty – Minister

Prof. Nyarko, Director-General of GAEC

He noted that though the two averagely contributed 2.5% to Africa’s average GDP, that of Ghana falls below 1%

He added that it would be difficult to attempt to end poverty without involving science and technology

He however said that the government intends to stimulate GDP growth to 1.5%, by falling on the private sector to assist with a focus on priority areas of the economy.

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Prof. Frimpong Boateng said this in a speech read on his behalf at a durbar hosted by the Ghana Atomic Energy Commission (GAEC) in Accra, to climax the week-long activities for the commemoration of the Africa Scientific Renaissance Day.

It was on the theme: “ Promoting Science, Technology and Innovation for Sustainable National Development”.

He called for a renewal of mind among scientists, so that they could provide meaningful solutions to the challenges of our times.

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