Dr Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, the chairperson of the African Union Commission at the closing ceremony of the he African Union (AU) Conference of African Ministers of Finance, Planning and Integration in Addiss Ababa, Ethiopia have implored the continent’s leaders to invest more in young people’s skills in science and engineering.
She said, “With an average of over 90 percent of graduates in social sciences, Africa’s innovation and scientific skills lag behind”.
She made this statement at the annual Conference of Ministers which is jointly organized by the Economic Commission for Africa and the African Union Commission.
“Africa’s contributions to innovation, science and technology and patents lag behind; and in the study by the African Capacity Building Foundation on capacity needs for Agenda 2063, the skills deficit in key areas such as engineers, scientists, including agricultural scientists, run into the millions,” said Dlamini Zuma.
Dlamini Zuma further called on member states, saying: “As we deal with effects of extreme weather conditions, we must respond to the immediate humanitarian situation faced by farmers and rural communities, but at the same time not delay what should be done today to build resilience and climate smart agriculture.”
She said this will help to reduce import dependency.