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  • Finland allocates 2.48 million euro for ICT development in Africa
    21 october 2003 08:07:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Finland and the UN Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) have entered a partnership deal under which the former will provide 2. Full text...

  • Kenya test-tube baby project generates controversy
    15 october 2003 22:10:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- A research breakthrough announced last Sunday by a team of Kenyan medical doctors on test-tube conception has sparked a heated debate, especially among the religious community, which condemned the move as "an abuse of mankind". Full text...

  • Chirac for international convention on bioethics
    14 october 2003 17:59:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- French President Jacques Chirac on Tuesday stressed the need to "enshrine" principles of cultural diversity "in law by means of a convention" Similarly, "we need to set out the principles of bioethics in international public law" in a "universally applicable instrument", Chirac told delegates attending UNESCO's 32nd General Conference, presided by Michael Abiola Omolewa of Nigeria. Full text...

  • Primary education key to technology for Africa's poor
    10 october 2003 14:22:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Improvement in the educational level of African rural communities would put science and technology within the reach of majority of the population and empower the poor to address the most pressing problems on the continent, a meeting of experts concluded here Friday. Full text...

  • Outstanding African scientists honoured
    08 october 2003 16:16:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Natal University Vice Chancellor and Principal Professor Malegapuru Makgoba has been awarded one of two Science-for-Society gold medals by the South African Academy of Science. Full text...

  • South Africans mark World Space Week
    08 october 2003 11:41:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- South Africa's Department of Communications has urged young people in the country to participate in the World Space Week and increase their knowledge about space related matters. Full text...

  • Science, technology policies drag to reach Africa's poor
    07 october 2003 14:37:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Policies on science and technology for development in Africa have so far left the poor out in the cold, according to experts and government officials meeting here Tuesday. Full text...

  • African science and technology policies ignore the poor
    07 october 2003 11:24:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- African science and technology policies have been "too elitist," with little attention paid to impacting the daily lives of ordinary people, UN Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) Executive Secretary K. Full text...

  • ARCT managing bodies to hold meetings in Rabat
    01 october 2003 22:33:00
    Rabat- Morocco (PANA) -- The African Regional Centre for Technology (ARCT) Council of Ministers and Executive Committee will hold meetings in Rabat from 6 to 10 October, Moroccan official sources said here Wednesday. Full text...

  • Algeria, South Africa for telescope project
    30 september 2003 21:50:00
    Algiers- PANA (PANA) -- Algerian and South African specialists are engaged in talks on telescope production, according to Abdellatif Baba, Secretary General of the Algerian Higher Education and Scientific Research. Full text...

  • RASCOM seeking new boss at Yaounde assembly
    29 september 2003 23:20:00
    Yaounde- Cameroon (PANA) -- The choice of a new managing director will be one of the main concerns at the eight general assembly of the African Satellite Communications Regional Organisation (RASCOM) which opened its session on Monday in Yaounde, the Cameroonian capital. Full text...

  • Kenya seeks Israel's help in solar energy
    29 september 2003 16:19:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenya on Monday requested Israel to help develop a national solar energy strategy to enable it utilise the sun as a source of cheap power. Full text...

  • Mandela launches space-age school in Johannesburg
    29 september 2003 15:18:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- South Africa's former president Nelson Mandela Monday launched the world's first space- age school at Freedom Park informal settlement south-west of Johannesburg for disadvantaged children. Full text...

  • Nigeria launches first satellite into orbit
    27 september 2003 14:40:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- After a one-day delay occasioned by technical hitches, Nigeria's first national satellite, an earth observation satellite tagged NigeriaSat 1, was launched into orbit Saturday in Moscow, crowning a process which started in 1999. Full text...

  • New science hastens African cattle disease vaccine
    27 september 2003 11:31:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Renown scientists are in the process of developing a new vaccine against East Coast fever, a major African cattle killer disease. Full text...

  • Govt, CSO representatives disagree on WSIS draft declaration
    26 september 2003 19:12:00
    Geneva- Switzerland (PANA) -- Civil society organisations involved in drafting an action plan for adoption at the 10-12 December World summit on Information Society (WSIS) are expressing frustration that State officials were ignoring most of their proposals. Full text...

  • Nigeria to launch first satellite Friday
    25 september 2003 16:58:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigeria will Friday launch its first-ever satellite into orbit at a ceremony in Moscow, to be beamed live via State-owned Nigeria Television Authority (NTA), according to the Nigeria Space Research Development Agency (NSRDA). Full text...

  • African to launch first satellite by 2006
    23 september 2003 23:20:00
    Yaounde- Cameroon (PANA) -- Preparations to launch Africa's first telecommunication satellite in February-March 2006 will dominate the board of directors meeting of the Regional African Satellite Communication Organisation (RASCOM) which opened in Yaounde Tuesday. Full text...

  • Archaeologists unearth dinosaur bones in Morocco
    23 september 2003 19:40:00
    Rabat- Morocco (PANA) -- Bones of the world's oldest dinosaur "Tazoudasaurus naimi", named after a village in Morocco's Atlas Mountains, were presented to the public here Monday. Full text...

  • Funding facility awaits Congolese inventors
    09 september 2003 19:17:00
    Brazzaville- Congo (PANA) -- Congolese researchers and inventors with projects based on technological innovation are poised to benefit from financial assistance offered by the African Intellectual Property Organisation (AIPO), press reports said here Tuesday. Full text...

  • Islamic nations discuss science, technology education
    07 september 2003 15:58:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- Higher Education and Scientific Ministers from Islamic nations are holding their second conference here focusing on the elaboration of a strategy to develop science and technology education in Islamic countries. Full text...

  • IPED, CRESH sign cooperation agreement
    01 september 2003 23:51:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- The Pan-African Education Institute for Development (IPED) and the Research Centre in Human Sciences at the University of Kinshasa (CRESH) have signed a cooperation agreement, sources affirmed here Monday. Full text...

  • Cape Town wins prestigious Internet award
    06 august 2003 07:38:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- An Internet project by the Cape Town city council has won the 2003 Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Access to Learning Award for its efforts to provide free access to computers and the Internet to all the people of Cape Town. Full text...

  • Nigeria now launches first satellite in September
    31 july 2003 10:30:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- The Nigerian government announced in Abuja Wednesday the country's first satellite would now be launched in Russia 28 September, instead of the old date of August. Full text...

  • Ugandan pupils benefit from Rotary computer project
    15 july 2003 18:44:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- A 14-member team comprising adults and teenagers from Seattle in the US State of Washington are using high-tech skills in computer installation and maintenance to improve the know-how of students at five schools in Uganda's Masaka district. Full text...

  • 36 African countries join the Chemical Weapons Convention
    07 july 2003 08:36:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- Thirty-six African countries have joined the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), it was disclosed here Monday. Full text...

  • Giant dinosaur specimen discovered in South Africa
    03 july 2003 16:19:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- A young scientist at South Africa's University of the Witwatersrand has discovered a new dinosaur specimen. Full text...

  • Camera for Africa's giant eye snaps first pictures
    01 july 2003 13:05:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Scientists and engineers working on the Southern African Large Telescope (SALT) camera have achieved "engineering first light," successfully using this digital camera to snap test pictures of galaxies and stars. Full text...

  • Tunisia to host world Mathematics congress
    28 june 2003 18:22:00
    Tunis- Tunisia (PANA) -- Tunisia will host the world Mathematics congress in 2004, sources at the ministry of Higher Education affirmed here Saturday. Full text...

  • Kenya marks Africa's Scientific Day
    25 june 2003 19:10:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenya Wednesday marked the Scientific Revival Day in Africa with critics lamenting what they intimated was a rather low level of interest in invention across the continent. Full text...

  • South African team appeals for Biotech help from US
    24 june 2003 12:49:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- A delegation of South African educators, scientists and farmers on Monday appealed to US policymakers to help Africa gain faster access to new agricultural technologies, including biotechnology. Full text...

  • African experts welcome US-funded biosafety support programme
    17 june 2003 12:48:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- African agricultural scientists and their counterparts in the North are keenly watching a new initiative launched by the US Agency for International Development (USAID) to support biosafety policy, research and capacity in developing countries. Full text...

  • Congolese civil society meets on NICTs
    11 june 2003 22:56:00
    Brazzaville- Congo (PANA) -- A roundtable of the civil society devoted to new information and communication technologies (NICTs) started on Wednesday in Brazzaville aimed at bringing together all the actors interested in issues relating to NICTs. Full text...

  • Tunisia researcher lands photovoltaic solar energy award
    10 june 2003 19:39:00
    Tunis- Tunisia (PANA) -- Dr Ahmed Bouazzi, senior lecturer at Tunis-El Manar University has been awarded the prize for best research at the 3rd world photovoltaic energy congress held in Japan, for his study entitled 'Net metering and its impact on PV program in Tunisia". Full text...

  • Cotonou hosts NGOs' workshop on NICTs
    04 june 2003 09:51:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- Some 30 representatives of West African NGOs began a meeting in Cotonou, Benin, Tuesday on the New Information and Communication Technologies (NICTs). Full text...

  • Senior Kenyan scientist Thomas Odhiambo dies
    27 may 2003 17:14:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Renown international scientist Professor Thomas Odhiambo (72) of Kenya died Tuesday at Nairobi Hospital due to heart complications, his family members reported. Full text...

  • ECA promotes e-concepts for Africa's development
    12 may 2003 12:47:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Statistics as a management tool, if timely and accurately produced, should contribute to the African development agenda, the Executive Secretary of the Economic Commission for Africa, K. Full text...

  • Kenyan meteorologists decry obsolete equipment
    08 may 2003 17:17:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The Kenya government needs over US$1. Full text...

  • Internet covers Libreville but must move inland
    06 may 2003 22:33:00
    Libreville- Gabon (PANA) -- Cybercafés are no longer a luxury to central Libreville as in the past. Full text...

  • Benin has NICT development policy
    02 may 2003 23:21:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- The Beninese government has a policy and development strategy in the area of the New Information and Communication Technologies (NICT), "spelling out the ambitions of an expanded and open information society by 2025," Information and New Communication Technologies Minister Gaston Zossou said. Full text...

  • Cameroon plays down threats from Bepposax debris
    01 may 2003 19:14:00
    Yaounde- Cameroon (PANA) -- Cameroon's Civil Protection director Jean Pierre Nana Wednesday dismissed fears about debris from the disintegrated Italian satellite Bepposax falling in the country. Full text...

  • ESMT, a model of success in Africa
    30 april 2003 15:42:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The Telecommunications Multinational Advanced School (ESMT) aims to become a centre of excellence for capacity building and the development of competence in human resources for efficient management of the telecommunications sector in Africa, according to its director general, Idrissa Toure. Full text...

  • Nigerian Airspace agency warns public about expired satellite
    29 april 2003 11:52:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA) has warned the public that fragments of an expired Italian satellite may fall within the country's territory between 29 and 30 April. Full text...

  • African Virtual University holds fundraising 28-29 April
    25 april 2003 21:13:00
    Rabat- Morocco (PANA) -- The ministry of higher education in Morocco on Friday announced an international fundraising conference for the African Virtual University (UVA --Université virtuelle africaine") scheduled 28-29 April in Marrakech. Full text...

  • S. Africa promotes awareness of DNA's discovery
    25 april 2003 16:25:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- The discovery of the three- dimensional molecular structure of deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) occurred 50 years ago on Friday, and the South African government has initiated a programme to raise awareness about the significance of the event. Full text...

  • South Africa's foot skeleton dated to 4.17 million years
    25 april 2003 16:14:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- The University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg Friday announced the first absolute dates for hominids from South Africa, saying the 'Little Foot skeleton' also known as StW 573 lived about 4. Full text...

  • South African team creates DNA libraries
    24 april 2003 10:54:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Along with scientists from Europe and China, researchers at the University of Western Cape (UWC) Thursday announced they are ready to exploit the largely unexplored microbial resources found in the extreme environments of mainland China. Full text...

  • US firm to establish business centres at Nigerian airports
    17 april 2003 11:49:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- US-based NIS Solutions Inc plans to establish business centres with high-speed data, telephony and video connections at major Nigerian airports, the US Consulate in Nigeria said in a statement. Full text...

  • South African astronaut supports computer learning
    02 april 2003 12:52:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Cape Town billionaire Mark Shuttleworth who became the first South African to fly to space last year, is continuing to support children's education in the country. Full text...

  • SciFest 2003 highlights search for black role models
    31 march 2003 11:24:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- A number of black role models, including a top US astronomer, are hosting events and workshops at this year's Sasol SciFest in Grahamstown in the Eastern Cape. Full text...

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