KIGALI, Rwanda–President Kagame and President Macky Sall of Senegal took part in the Next Einstein Forum (NEF) Global Gathering happening in Kigali from 26 to 28 March 2018.
In their remarks, the two Heads of State reiterated that human progress is grounded in the mastery of science and mathematics and that science remains a prerequisite to development.
“When researchers and commercial enterprises apply those capabilities to practical problems, they discover innovations that save lives and transform economies. Knowledge economies are prosperous economies. Today, more than ever before, adequate math and science proficiency is a prerequisite for a nation to attain high-income status, and the gains in health and well-being that go along with it.” Said President Kagame
Attended by over 1000 participants from across the globe, the on-going gathering was marked, among other things, by an award ceremony, where both Heads of State awarded 17 top African scientists in fields of science. The NEF fellows were recognised for outstanding work as Africa’s young best scientists and technologists.
The NEF Fellows who were awarded are:
Dr. Vinet Coetzee, South Africa
Prof. Abdoulaye Banire Diallo, Guinea
Dr. Abdigani Diriye, Somalia
Dr. Kevin Dzobo, Zimbabwe
Prof. Jonathan Esole, DRC
Yabebal Fantaye, Ethiopia
Prof. Aminata Garba, Niger
Prof. Rym Kefi, Tunisia
Dr. Aku Kwamie, Ghana
Dr. Justus Masa, Uganda
Dr. Yvonne Mburu, Kenya
Dr. Yves Mugabo, Rwanda
Prof. Sanushka Naidoo, South Africa
Professor Maha Nasr, Egypt
Professor Peter Ngene , Nigeria
Dr. Tolulope Olugboji, Nigeria
Prof. Hamidou Tembine, Mali .
Both Presidents called African young scientists to use their knowledge in solving the continent problems
The Next Einstein Forum (NEF) is an initiative by the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS) in partnership with the Robert Bosch Stiftung, a charity organization that promotes natural and social sciences.