President Paul Kagame revealed that there can be no more effective or better investment in Africa’s future than in educating and empowering talented young people.
He said: We have to move “beyond potential” and create a workforce that will lead this real transformation for Africa. It will only be done through innovative scientific training, technical advances and breakthrough discoveries. And there is not going to be a short cut.
Below is full speech at the Launch of the African Institute of Mathematical Sciences in Rwanda
It gives me great pleasure to join you today for the launch of the African Institute of Mathematical Sciences in Rwanda. We are honoured to host the AIMS headquarters here in Kigali.
AIMS is the latest addition to a system of science and technology-related institutions based here in Rwanda. They all have a common purpose: to provide opportunities for Africa’s brightest minds to develop as problem-solvers and innovators.
There can be no more effective or better investment in Africa’s future than in educating and empowering talented young people.
We have to move “beyond potential” and create a workforce that will lead this real transformation for Africa. It will only be done through innovative scientific training, technical advances and breakthrough discoveries. And there is not going to be a short cut.
For Africa to participate meaningfully in the global economy, we must build strong indigenous scientific and technological capacity
This is why we are pleased that AIMS is taking on this role. The capacity built right here on African soil will reflect realities on the continent and better answer our challenges.
Beyond training, research and public engagement, AIMS is also working to increase the number of math students, through innovative teacher training techniques, and putting mathematical scientists to work by partnering with industry.
Together with AIMS, Rwanda is investing in the creation of a cohort of professionals and researchers who will make an impact on our country’s development.
To achieve this, we are collaborating to develop an ecosystem of pan-African institutions with a transformative agenda.
As part of the ecosystem of transformation, the Next Einstein Forum continues to catalyse action, to translate these scientific advances into human benefit, and to showcase the progress that Africa is making in science.
In March 2016, the Next Einstein Forum Global Gathering took place in Dakar – Senegal, where the majority of participants were young emerging scientists and technologists.
I am pleased that the second edition of the Global Gathering will take place in Kigali in March 2018. It will focus on establishing a clear roadmap for how Africa will transform by leveraging science, technology and innovation.
The digital revolution is transforming our world, and creating multiple prospects for economic growth and societal progress.
A new and important area of quantum information science and technology is emerging and is bound to drive the next global cycle of innovation and industrial growth. We must be positioned to obtain maximum benefit, from this new area of science.
In this regard, Rwanda will work with AIMS to establish Quantum Leap Africa, the first research centre in quantum sciences in Africa.
This will be a world-class centre of scientific research and a leader in solving critical problems of development. The centre will also build capability in the information technology of the future.
We always move forward faster and achieve better results when we work together.
AIMS, and the other scientific centres of excellence here in Rwanda and across Africa, are excellent examples of collaboration and partnership.
We must fully support these institutions so that they are sustainable and productive. The African Union has endorsed AIMS, and we all recognise that its education model, is an important tool for development and progress on our continent.
Let me conclude by saying that, to appreciate sciences in general, you don’t have to be a scientist. Probably those of us who are not, appreciate it more. Those who are may take it for granted. But for us, we see the benefits directly.
We are on the right path and you can count on Rwanda as a committed partner.
Thank you for your kind attention.