fofack update nov302004



 

January 30-31, 2005 — Africa-wide Fund-raising in Support to the African
Initiative for Knowledge Building and the Advancement of Science and Technology

November 30, 2004

Email Update
by Dr. Hippolyte Fofack

 

Advancement of Science and Technology in Sub-Saharan Africa” was very well
received by African leaders during the official launch organized within the
framework of the African Union Heads of State Extraordinary Summit led by H.E.
President Obasanjo, the Head of the African Union, in September 2004. Since the
launch, significant progress has been made to further advance implementation of
the initiative. The Members of the Diaspora arm of the “African Scientific
Committee” met in September to work on detailed implementation issues. As a
follow-up, some of the scientists, members of this African Scientific Committee,
have been working to develop curriculum for  AIST academic departments. The
document attached provides a summary progress report.

      Following the strong support in the scientific, business and donor
community, and the significant progress on the design, consideration is
increasingly given to implementation on the ground. Resource mobilization is
critical in this second phase of the project. I am pleased to inform you that
Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, the Honorable Minister of Finance of Nigeria and one of
the Founding Members of the Board of Directors of the Initiative, has informed
the World Bank that the Government of Nigeria will be hosting the planned
Africa-wide fund-raising event on January 30-31, 2005, in Abuja, Nigeria.

      This Africa-wide fund-raising is the first ever in the continent. Its
success is key to implementation of the African Initiative for Knowledge
Building and the Advancement of Science and Technology. It will trigger
infrastructure development expected to start early next year to meet the 2007
target date for the first AIST incoming class. As you know, this Initiative is a
collective effort that needs a global support. Hence, we would be very
appreciative, should your busy schedule enable you to contribute in any way you
can to its success. We are hoping that you will be able to attend this first
ever continent-wide fund-raising event in support of the African Initiative. We
are working on a draft agenda with AU and Nigerian authorities, and will be
sending it to you over the coming weeks.

      We look forward to your support and would, once again, like to thank you
for the active role you have played to advance this major initiative for Africa.

      (See attached file: Text Progress Report October 20 2004.doc)

      Again many thanks and all the best.

 

 

The Nelson
Mandela Foundation for Knowledge Building and the Advancement of Science and
Technology in Sub-Saharan Africa

 

 


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Mandela Foundation for Knowledge Building and the Advancement of Science and
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