Last week, we were honoured to participate in the 20th ‘Technic-Scientific Journeys’ conference hosted by the Fundação Eduardo dos Santos (FESA) in Luanda, Angola. The event was well-organised and brought together representatives from the private sector, academia, and government.
Angola is in the process of rebuilding its institutions and infrastructure following a period of strong economic growth, and, as such, Technic-Scientific Journeys was held under the banner of ‘Angola’s experience in the national reconciliation process, National Reconstruction, and Social Welfare’. The conference also examined globalisation and the environmental, social, and political risks that this phenomenon poses.
Two of our Trustees, the Rt Hon Lord Paul Boateng and Sir Christopher Edwards, gave well-received presentations on key development issues for the continent, and participated in a Q&A with other experts. The Rt Hon Lord Paul Boateng discussed the disintegration of global models with reference to the United Kingdom’s recent decision to leave the EU. He argued that ‘Brexit’ presents a cautionary tale for African integration, and that the continent needs to develop a model of economic integration that best suits its own needs. Lord Boateng also announced that the PEI plans to launch the Eduardo dos Santos PhD Scholarship Programme in Angola in the coming months.
In his presentation, Sir Christopher Edwards examined the role that science can play in Angola’s reconstruction. He argued that water, energy, agribusiness, blue sky science and health represented highly important targets for scientific research, and explained how Angola can benefit from investment in these areas. In addition, Sir Christopher discussed the PEI’s commitment to building scientific research capacity in Africa, and aspirations of funding 10,000 PhD studentships over the next decade. Our Communications Manager, Sarah Hambly, and Office Administrator, Catia Andrade, also joined the conference.
The ‘20th Technic-Scientific Journeys’ also featured presentations by distinguished figures from around the world including Chile, China, Ecuador, the USA and Portugal, alongside Angolan Government representatives. We were particularly impressed to listen to a panel by Angolan Government representatives, which examined the country’s strong efforts to rebuild its transport and energy infrastructure following its civil war, and investment in renewable energy. Dr. Shu Zhan’s presentation, which focused on China’s developmental cooperation with Angola, and African countries’ need to pursue new models of South-South cooperation, was another point of interest.
Given our long history in Angola, we are delighted to continue to work with FESA on the development of world-class scientific partnerships. For further details of our work in Angola and our scientific partnership with FESA, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.