Bibliometric Indicators for Better Policy Making in ECOWAS

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Abuja 31stJuly 2017 – H.E. Professor BOLY Hamidou, the ECOWAS Commissioner responsible for Education, Science and Culture received copies of a study titled “Scientific Research in West Africa: The Bibliometric outlook 2016” from the African Union Observatory for Science, Technology and Innovation (AOSTI). The ceremony took place on Monday 31st July 2017 at the ECOWAS Commission Headquarters, Abuja, the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

 

Commending the study, Commissioner Boly said: “the information on the current state of scientific research in the region allows for better regional planning and supports the ECOWAS Strategic Framework (CSC 2016-2020), the African Union’s Strategy on Science, Technology and Innovation (STISA 20 24), the Continental Education Strategy for Africa (CESA 16-25), with a view to reaching the vision 2020 of ECOWAS and the objectives of the Agenda 2063 of the African Union”.

In receiving copies of the same study, H.E. Prof Sarah Anyang Agbor, the AU Commissioner for Human Resources, Science and Technology (HRST) said “this well-defined and well detailed report demonstrates the effort put in to produce it and a very useful manual”.

The study was conducted by AOSTI in the context of a five-year memorandum of understanding signed between the African Union Commission and the ECOWAS Commission. AOSTI is a technical office of the African Union in the Department of Human Resources, Science and Technology. AOSTI is based in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea. It serves as the continental repository for Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) data and statistics in support of evidence based policy-making. It is mandated, among other things to assist Member States and the Regional Economic Communities (RECs) to map their STI capabilities to address economic, social, and environmental development challenges.

The bibliometric project was entirely funded by ECOWAS and set an example of African solutions to African problems. Meaning, the funding of African projects by Africans is underway. 

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