Paul Wolfowitz, President of the World Bank, congratulated Ghana on its fiftieth anniversary that it has become one of the best performers economically in Sub-Saharan Africa, and is expected to meet the Millennium Development Goal to cut poverty in half. He spoke about World Bank partnership with the university to help create a facility that provides access to a wealth of development information for students, researchers, faculty, and the general public, and encourages all to take advantage of this new resource on the campus. Ghana faces challenges to boost the competitiveness of the private sector, an important engine for job creation. Ghana will need to invest heavily in infrastructure, and reform its energy sector, while ensuring sustained good governance. He concluded by saying that Ghana should inspire Africa by aiming higher, moving faster, taking bigger and bolder steps to achieve the future that the people of Ghana deserve.
Paul Wolfowitz, President of the World Bank, convened a forum to discuss strategies, programs, and policies for building science, technology, and innovation (STI) capacity to promote sustainable growth and poverty reduction in developing countries. He remarked that if you want to deal with poverty, you better keep science and technology and innovation, maybe especially innovation, in the picture. Education is a major ingredient of success, and investing in people, what economists like to call human capital, is one of the biggest contributors to growth and poverty reduction. Wolfowitz focused on upgrading technology and capturing the latecomer’s advantage; the role of research and development; and reversing the brain drain.