14, (Xinhua/GNA) - A World Bank official has urged Africa to scale up its
research capability to boost growth and reduce poverty.
Bassett, global lead for tertiary education at the World Bank, told Xinhua in
Nairobi that research is gaining prominence because the world is moving towards
a knowledge economy.
needs locally driven and relevant research that will develop solutions to boost
economic development and reduce poverty," Bassett said on Monday during
the 7th Technical and Appraisal Meeting of the East and Southern African Higher
Education Centers of Excellence Project. (ACEII).The objective of the two-day
meeting is to review common challenges faced by the African centers of
The World Bank
has provided a 3 billion shillings (30 million U.S. dollars) grant for eight
centers of excellence selected in east and central Africa. Bassett said that
the centers of excellence will create a regional network of high quality world
class research centers in Africa that will generate a quorum of well trained
and qualified post graduates who will populate the workforce across the
that more and more African countries are beginning to increase their
investments in Africa.
The World Bank
official noted that most research in the continent is funded by the public
sector as the private sector is still developing.
She noted that
research is key because it forms the basis of development of new products that
will uplift the lives of residents of the continent.