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  • Kenyan bodies research traditional herbal medicine
    29 may 2005 14:25:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- A local public university and the Kenya Forestry Research Institute (KEFRI) have embarked on a four-year herbal medicine research project to make traditional medicine effective, safe and acceptable to many users. Full text...

  • Angolan specialist to head UN science body
    27 may 2005 22:56:00
    Luanda- Angola (PANA) -- Angolan Deputy Science and Technology Minister Pedro Teta has been elected in Geneva (Switzerland) to lead the UN Science and Technology Commission for two years, official sources disclosed here Friday. Full text...

  • Francophone numeric university opens in Ouagadougou in June
    21 may 2005 13:59:00
    Ouagadougou- Burkina Faso (PANA) -- The World Francophone Numeric University (UNFM) opens its doors here on 28 June at the initiative of the Malian born NASA interplanetary cosmonaut Cheick Modibo Diarra of Mali, official sources revealed in the Burkina capital. Full text...

  • Niger plans biotechnology institute
    18 may 2005 19:21:00
    Niamey- Niger (PANA) -- The minister of higher education in Niamey, Dr Galadima Ousmane has disclosed that, with support from the Institute of Research for Development (IRD), Niger plans to create an autonomous biotechnology institute that will have a regional vocation. Full text...

  • Poverty widening digital divide, says ICT official
    18 may 2005 12:13:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Due to financial constraints dogging most African countries, the digital divide between developed and developing world has been rising steadily over the years, a communication official has said. Full text...

  • World Telecommunications Day is on Tuesday
    17 may 2005 09:27:00
    Tunis- Tunisia (PANA) -- Making the Internet cheaper and more accessible to all will be the challenges of the Phase II of the Tunis Summit on Information Society (WSIS), according to the International Telecommunications Union on Tuesday during the observation of the World Telecommunication Day. Full text...

  • Cape Town hosts annual Global Standards conference
    16 may 2005 10:39:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- The annual Global Standards Conference opened here Monday with delegates from over 100 countries attending to launch the new international Radio Frequency Identification system. Full text...

  • Top scientists receive Oppenheimer Fellowships
    13 may 2005 09:10:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- The Trustees of the Oppenheimer Memorial Trust have announced Professors Igor Barashenkov and Frank Brombacher of the University of Cape Town as the recipients of the prestigious Harry Oppenheimer Fellowship Awards, media reports said Friday. Full text...

  • African science body sets up headquarters in Nairobi
    12 may 2005 17:06:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The Government of Kenya and the African Academy of Sciences have signed a headquarters agreement for the location of the academy in Nairobi, media reports Thursday quoted Kenya foreign minister Ali Mwakwere as disclosing. Full text...

  • India offers to ease African links via satellite
    12 may 2005 10:55:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- India has offered to set up a pan-African satellite interconnection system that would facilitate communication among African leaders and with the African Union (AU) headquarters here. Full text...

  • South Africa commemorates National Science Week
    12 may 2005 09:39:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- South Africa's National Science Week, an initiative of the Department of Science and Technology (ministry) is taking place throughout the country. Full text...

  • India offers to ease African links via satellite
    11 may 2005 08:05:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- India has offered to set up a pan-African satellite interconnection system that would facilitate communication among African leaders and with the African Union (AU) headquarters here. Full text...

  • Tunisia to benefit from Microsoft UP grants
    05 may 2005 09:09:00
    Tunis- Tunisia (PANA) -- US software giant Microsoft has announced the granting of seven Unlimited Potential (UP) grants to organisations across several Arab countries, including Tunisia. Full text...

  • Researcher sues for anti-venom serums banks in Africa
    29 april 2005 16:16:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- A researcher at the Research Institute for Development (IRD) has called for the setting up of anti-venom serums banks in Africa, considering the number of cases of venomous snake bites on the continent annually. Full text...

  • Africans call for digital solidarity fund
    19 april 2005 17:01:00
    Nouakchott- Mauritania (PANA) -- French-speaking African member states of the Islamic Organisation for Education, Science and Culture (ISESCO) on Tuesday in Nouakchott called for the creation of a fund to support digital solidarity. Full text...

  • Belgian scientists carry out researches on plants
    15 april 2005 22:20:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- A team of Belgian researchers from Antwerp University is currently visiting Kinshasa to carry out studies on the DR Congo's medicinal plants and set certification standards for the drugs produced from the plants. Full text...

  • New study focuses renewable energy potential in South Africa
    13 april 2005 08:08:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- As fossil fuel prices come under increasing global attention, a new independent study launched here shows how South Africa can reduce its dependence on fossil fuels, starting in the electricity sector, media reports said Wednesday. Full text...

  • Tunisia connects onto 'Sea-Me-We 4' telecom network
    31 march 2005 13:16:00
    Bizerte- Tunisia (PANA) -- The minister of communications technologies in Tunisia, Montassar Ouaïli has begun finalising works to have Tunisia connected to the international submarine communication network "Sea-Me-We 4" that reaches southeastern Asia via Europe and the Middle East. Full text...

  • Morocco hosts Maghreb NICT workshop
    01 march 2005 23:10:00
    Rabat- Morocco (PANA) -- An international workshop on new information and communication technologies (NICT) opened Tuesday in the northern Moroccan city of Tangiers focusing their contribution to the development of e-trade in the Maghreb. Full text...

  • Bio group accuses anti-GM group of misdirecting public
    25 february 2005 13:23:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- A grouping of biotechnology stakeholders, AfricaBio has expressed concern at a High Court order in South Africa granting Biowatch, a lobby group opposed to genetically modified organisms access to information pertaining to imports, exports, trials and general release of GMO approvals granted to date. Full text...

  • Kenya dreams of computer classrooms in three years
    19 february 2005 16:43:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenyan education minister George Saitoti said on Saturday that the Japanese government has granted the country one million to bolster the teaching of science and technology and mathematics and the government has earmarked 160 million shillings (1 USD = 77 shs) for secondary schools to be used for building science laboratories. Full text...

  • Tanzania wants Germany to return dinosaur's remains
    19 february 2005 10:37:00
    Dar es Salaam- Tanzania (PANA) -- National Museum and House of Culture director Dr Paul Msemwa has decried the reluctance of the German government to return the remains of a dinosaur excavated in Tanzania between 1905 and 1912. Full text...

  • Nigeria boosts software industry
    16 february 2005 09:28:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigeria's software industry, currently estimated at over 15 billion naira, received a further boost Tuesday when President Olusegun Obasanjo set up a five-man ministerial committee to provide the conducive environment for its growth. Full text...

  • Cape Verde to host nuclear test ban research station
    12 february 2005 10:30:00
    Praia- Cape Verde (PANA) -- Cape Verde has been designated to host a research station of the world network monitoring the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty to be established on Maio Island, officials reported in Praia. Full text...

  • Nigeria to launch second satellite
    10 february 2005 09:58:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- Following the success of the maiden satellite launch in 2003, Nigeria has announced plans to launch its second satellite, Nigeria Sat II, next year. Full text...

  • Africa forges common front to develop ICT
    04 february 2005 23:49:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- A three-day Preparatory Conference on the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) wound up here Friday with a pledge to forge a common front to build an information society inclusive of all stakeholders, notably governments, the private sector, civil society and international organisations. Full text...

  • Africa seeks donor assistance in ICT funding
    04 february 2005 21:14:00
    Accra- Ghana (PNA) -- Participants at a African Regional Preparatory Conference on the next World Summit on Information Society (WSIS) tasked development partners and the business community Thursday to fund the development of Information Communication Technology (ICT) infrastructure in Africa. Full text...

  • Experts stress common ICT vision for Africa
    02 february 2005 19:32:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- Africa needs a common standpoint on Information and Communication Technology in order to bridge the digital divide between it and the developed world, regional leaders and experts stressed here Wednesday. Full text...

  • ECA official urges African leaders to budget for ICT
    02 february 2005 18:37:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- An official of the UN Economic Commission of Africa (ECA) Wednesday said African leaders must take "a bold and innovative step" to make budgetary allocation for information communication technology (ICT) as a show of readiness to develop the sector. Full text...

  • Kufuor solicits media role in demystifying NICTs in Africa
    02 february 2005 18:12:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- Ghanaian president John Kufuor Wednesday urged the media in Africa to help demystify the new information and communications technologies (NICTs) by educating the people on this new global thrust. Full text...

  • France expects Niger to probe smuggled artefacts
    31 january 2005 22:45:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- France expects the authorities in Niamey to push for an international rogatory commission to probe the trafficking of 485 Niger archaeological pieces seized at Roissy- Charles de Gaulle airport near Paris, French official sources said Monday. Full text...

  • Ghana to host ICT summit next week
    28 january 2005 14:58:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- Presidents Abdoulaye Wade of Senegal, Paul Kagame of Rwanda and Yahya Jammeh of Gambia will attend the World Summit on Information Society (WSIS) scheduled to begin in Accra, Ghana, starting on 2 February. Full text...

  • Ethiopia ticks another landmark on human evolution
    21 january 2005 15:12:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Chemical analysis of a skeletal fossil recently unearthed in north-eastern Ethiopia would broaden global understanding of the evolution of mankind, the leader of a team of scientists who discovered the remains said here Friday. Full text...

  • Nigeria has no nuclear power ambition, says Obasanjo
    18 january 2005 16:24:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- President Olusegun Obasanjo said Tuesday Nigeria had no interest in becoming a nuclear power. Full text...

  • Gambia in e-governance pilot project
    11 january 2005 23:39:00
    Banjul- Gambia (PANA) -- Gambia has begun a pilot project in e- governance with assistance from the UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), information secretary (minister), Dr. Full text...

  • Nigerian scientist challenges experts on his discovery
    10 january 2005 17:16:00
    New York- US (PANA) -- Nigerian scientist Gabriel Oyibo has challenged fellow mathematicians and physicists to controvert his newly-discovered "Gi,j = 0" equation. Full text...

  • Will the STRC measure up to critical thought?
    23 december 2004 19:29:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- When he addressed the Botswana Parliament in March last year on the question of Africa's "regeneration," President Thabo Mbeki of South Africa admitted that creating efficient and viable institutions to ensure peace, human rights, prosperity and social cohesion remains a big challenge to the continent. Full text...

  • Nokia picks Ethiopia to train experts on ICT products
    23 december 2004 14:48:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Finland-based Nokia, a world leader in mobile communications, has selected Ethiopia's Graduate School of Telecommunications and Information Technology (GSTIT) as its preferred training provider in Sub-Saharan Africa. Full text...

  • Will the STRC measure up to critical thought?
    22 december 2004 19:46:00
    -in March last year on the question of Africa's "re-generation," President Thabo Mbeki of South Africa admitted that creating efficient and viable institutions to ensure peace, human rights, prosperity and social cohesion remains a big challenge to the continent. ) Full text...

  • eSys Technologies targets larger North African markets
    20 december 2004 17:41:00
    Tunis- Tunisia (PANA) -- eSys Technologies Monday said the opening of a representative office in Morocco would boost its revenue by 8 percent in the Middle East and Africa (MEA) region. Full text...

  • Nigeria, China sign satellite contract
    16 december 2004 14:36:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigeria and China have signed a contract for the design, manufacture and launch of the Nigerian communication satellite-1 (NIGCOMSAT-1), the local press reported Thursday. Full text...

  • Cape Town exhibition shows future space travel
    29 november 2004 08:31:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- An exhibition on 'space transporters of the next generation' opened here at the weekend featuring fictitious flights showing what the space missions of tomorrow might look like. Full text...

  • Regional centre to tackle Africa's agricultural woes opens
    25 november 2004 17:25:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenya has become the first country to host a New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD)-sponsored high technology facility geared towards re-engineering the continent's rapidly diminishing agricultural potential and reversing losses. Full text...

  • Biotechnology consultation ends in Dakar
    25 november 2004 12:37:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Africa cannot afford to lag behind in the pursuit of biotechnology if the continent wants to achieve sustainable development in an increasingly competitive world, according to a consultation held in the Senegalese capital of Dakar. Full text...

  • African scientists discuss biotechnology in Dakar
    22 november 2004 23:15:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Biotechnology, loosely defined as the biological processes in industry directed at benefiting consumers was the focus of a discussion Monday among West and Central African scientists meeting here. Full text...

  • Mauritius, Reunion sign accord to enhance ICTs
    20 november 2004 12:10:00
    Saint Denis- Reunion (PANA) -- The Reunion Association of Information and Communication Technology Professionals (@rtic) Friday signed a second framework-agreement with the Reunion Applied Mathematics and Computer Science Research Institute (IREMIA) to reinforce an accord signed five years ago. Full text...

  • Nigeria plans 'technology village' for Abuja
    18 november 2004 14:14:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigeria plans to launch its own Silicon Valley, to be tagged "Technology Village", in the capital city of Abuja at a cost of about $400 million, minister of the federal capital territory, Nasir El-Rufai, has said. Full text...

  • Microsoft to train 500,000 students in NICTs in Africa
    17 november 2004 21:30:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- Microsoft will train about 500,000 African students in New Information and Communication Technologies (NICTs), Microsoft chairman Bill Gates announced here Wednesday. Full text...

  • 10 years needed to lower risks of nuclear proliferation - IAEA
    16 november 2004 16:30:00
    New York- UN (PANA) -- A better part of a decade will be needed for all the world's civil nuclear research reactors to be converted to run on fuel that possesses a lower risk of proliferation of weapons-grade high-enriched uranium (HEU), the UN atomic energy watchdog said in its latest update on the issue. Full text...

  • INTEL, UNESCO to develop guidelines for worldwide technology training
    09 november 2004 19:00:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- US-based world chip maker, Intel Corporation and UNESCO agreed Tuesday to collaborate on the development of a model curriculum or syllabus to improve the use of information and communications technology (ICT) in classrooms worldwide. Full text...

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