Importance of human capital dominates meeting between VPR and African environmental leaders

Angola News – The training and enhancement of human capital as the center of the African continent’s development agenda dominated the audience that the Vice-President of the Republic, Esperança da Costa, granted this Wednesday to the delegation of the Science Center of Southern Africa for Climate Change and Adaptive Land Management (SASSCAL).

The team of specialists is headed by the Executive Director of the institution, Jane Olwoch, in which the coordinator of the Environmental Safety Monitoring Program for Africa, Tidiane Ouattara, also participated.

Speaking to the press at the end of the hearing, Tidiane Ouattara said that Southern Africa is at a very important historical stage with regard to the region’s space program, and underlined the role of SASSCAL and the Center for Scientific and Industrial Research of South Africa in the implementation of actions aimed at the development of the southern region of the African continent.

To this end, the two organizations are currently holding a workshop in Angola related to global monitoring for the environment and security in Africa, with close to 150 people participating in the said workshop, including 36 students, 12 of whom are Angolans, he said, having added that at the meeting space images are being used not only to provide solutions to monitoring issues of coastal and marine areas, but also for land in general.

“We are very happy because we heard from His Excellency the Vice-President of the Republic, who, while emphasizing the importance of the valuable mineral resources and of a different nature that the African continent possesses, gave particular emphasis to the need for training and valuing human capital as a center of the development agenda of the African continent”, he emphasized.

“We were received by His Excellency the Vice-President, and before that we were with the Minister of Higher Education, Science, Technologies and Innovation. We would like to thank the Angolan Government for placing science and innovation technology at the center of issues related to development, not only in Angola but also in Africa”, said Tidiane Ouattara.

An initiative supported by the German Government, SASSCAL was created with the aim of training Southern African countries in combating climate change and soil management.

The Environmental Safety Monitoring Program for Africa financed by the African Union is supported by the European Union and is aimed at training young Africans in space science, more specifically in the observation of land and marine resources in transboundary and coastal areas.

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