DP William Ruto says stale information affecting Africa’s growth
SEE ALSO :DP Ruto hits at SGR construction criticsBy the continent having the correct and up-to-date information, the Deputy President said Africa would easily make sound decisions. He said the recently signed African Continental Free Trade Area would be of no benefit to the people unless quality information is made available. “Africa’s contribution to the total world trade is still marginal; a paltry three per cent. Yet for this continent, world trade plays a major role,” he said. With the small trade number, Ruto explained that leaders “must deliberate, using valid information, the kind of interventions to be pursued” to amplify commerce in Africa. He challenged scientists to “step in with the right prescriptions” that would propel the continent forward.
SEE ALSO :Ocampo messed evidence in Ruto case“We should not lose time. Neither should we make wrong decisions,” Ruto insisted, adding that scientists need to partner with the government and public institutions in producing accurate data that can guide the development of Africa. Lands Cabinet Secretary Farida Karoney argued that science and innovation should be at the centre of tackling challenges facing Africa. The CS noted that technology was a crucial ingredient in the attainment of the sustainable development goals. “Crucially, it is research-backed data that would drive the Big Four agenda in Kenya,” she said.
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