CSIR MUST BE VISIBLE TO ATTRACT MORE FUNDS - PROF. PAUL P. BOSU, DEPUTY DIRECTOR-GENERAL, CSIR
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The CSIR has once again been tasked to create the needed awareness of its technologies and research findings to attract the needed funding from government. Duty bearers have also been urged to vigorously advance commercialisation of CSIR activities and technologies to increase internally generated funds.
At the 2019 Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Research Staff Association (RSA), there were calls to take the veil off the enormous influence researchers under the stamp of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research exert on national life but that which have remained latent. Arguably this is the one of the means the council may attract much needed funds to fend its core business.
Delivering his address at the opening of the 3-day AGM of the RSA The Deputy Director-General of the CSIR, Prof Paul Bosu said the President of the Republic, His Excellency Nana Akufo-Addo had occasion to commend the council for the amazing work it is doing after inspecting an exhibition the Council mounted when he paid a working visit to the CSIR's Oil Palm Research Institute, OPRI, at Akyem-Kusi in the Eastern region early October.
According to Prof. Bosu most of the nation's scientific breakthroughs stood in the name of the council's members and the sterling track record must not be shelved" He reiterated that in the absence of adequate budgetary allocation, the CSIR largely depends on donor funding for research skewed in the prescriptions of benefactors. Prof. Bosu was of the firm conviction that research remains the only means by which Ghana can carve up a clear identity and take control of its own desirable goals.
The Deputy Minister of Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation, Madam Patricia Appiagyei welcomed comments in the direction to put the CSIR into visibility, saying, that will market and justify the potential force it represents in national development efforts. She said, a bill to raise allocations for research to one percent of GDP, doubling current figures, is before parliament.
Madam Appiagyei announced government’s intentions of setting up an innovation and commercialisation centre to properly tie development with research. Referencing the theme for the AGM ‘Managing water and environment for sustainable national development ‘she charged the researchers to find answers for effects of climate change and environmentally related health cases.
This event was attended by the Directors of Water Research Institute, Institute of Industrial Research, the Institute for Scientific and Technological Information as well as the Lawmaker representing Oforikrom in Kumasi, Hon. Dr Emmanuel Marfo who is member of the parliamentary select committee on Science and Environment.
Source : Corporate Affairs Division, CSIR, Head Office