South Africa wants more science and technology partnership with Ghana

President Mills & President Zuma credit: SA Presidency

President of South Africa Mr. Jacob Zuma wants more cooperation with Ghana especially in areas of science and technology.

According to President Zuma, this will lead to improved Information and Communications Technologies for all Africans and increased economic growth.

Ghana is currently partnering with the South African government to bid for the largest radio telescope in the world known as the Square Kilometre Array telescope project, competing with countries such as Australia and New Zealand.

“We also wish to strengthen the South Africa-Ghana science and technology cooperation. We already work together on the Square Kilometre Array telescope project,” Mr Zuma told President John Evans Atta Mills of Ghana August 23, 2011 in Cape Town, South Africa.

He indicated that the African consortium bidding for the project led by South Africa is made up of Ghana, Botswana, Kenya, Madagascar, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia and Zambia.

“We are all working hard to ensure that Africa is declared the winner when the bid is announced early next year,” said Zuma.

The SKA project cost is €1.5 billion with scheduled construction to start in 2016.

By Ekow Quandzie

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