By JONAH NWOKPOKU
The Deputy British High commissioner for Nigeria, Peter Carter, has identified science and innovation as key elements for Nigeria’s economic growth.
He stated this while addressing participants at the Pan African Chemistry Network, PACN conference on regulatory harmonisation, hygiene and sustainability, in Lagos.
He said science and innovation remains key elements in the UK’s agenda for economic growth in Nigeria and entire Africa.
“In 2011, British Prime Minister, David Cameron, made a commitment to President Jonathan to increase the UK’s involvement in science and technology in Nigeria, and both leaders committed themselves to doubling bilateral trade by 2015. We know that much of that growth will come from businesses which put technical and scientific innovation at the heart of their trade and investment offers to prospective partners in Africa,” he said.
“To support them, identify opportunities and promote scientific and technical exchange and institutional links, there is in our High Commission in Abuja, a senior diplomat, whose job is to focus on science, innovation, and climate change in Nigeria and West Africa,” he added.
He explained that making real advancement in science requires deeper cooperative relationships in order to produce reliable solutions, especially to health problems.