Government has been tasked to create an enabling environment that promotes the advancement of Science, Technology, Engineering and Innovation as major growth poles needed to build a resilient modern economy.
These remarks were made by Ing. Steve Amoaning-Yankson, President of the Ghana Institution of Engineering (GhIE), during a short ceremony to present the final communiqué to the Minister for Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation, Professor Kwabena-Frimpong-Boateng on Tuesday, following the conference on Bridging the Technology Gap toward ‘Ghana Beyond Aid’ and Youth Employment recently held in Peduase, Aburi.
The document highlights the need for development and implementation of appropriate policies and legislation to promote ease of doing business in Ghana, and provide incentives for entrepreneurship and risk-taking.
The communiqué also underscored the commitment of participants to work with stakeholders in establishing centres for Design, Precision Manufacturing and Technology commercialisation in the country.
The communiqué emphasised the role of technical education and training, which it recommended should be reformed toward a more practical hands-on approach.
The statement captured the need to finance technology and innovation with an appeal for government to expedite action on setting up the National Research Fund (NRF) and Science and Innovation Fund (SIF) as tools needed to support research, development and innovation in Ghana.