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General News of Tuesday, 15 July 2003

Source: GNA

Research findings should be made available for dev't - JAK

Accra, July 15, GNA - President John Agyekum Kufuor on Tuesday appealed to Research Institutions to endeavour to make their findings available to specific sectors of the economy for development.

He, therefore, asked the United Nations University Institute for Natural Resources in Africa (UNINRIA) based at the University of Ghana Legon, to ensure that its findings on production of fertilizers from natural resources was made available to African governments to be implemented by farmers to increase food production.

President Kufuor made the appeal when a three-man delegation from the Institute led by Professor Hans J.A. Van Ginkel, UN Under-Secretary and Rector of the UN University, paid a courtesy call on him at the Castle, Osu.

He accepted an invitation to deliver the keynote address at the Third Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD III) to be held in Tokyo in September.

Professor Ginkel said implementation of the findings on the fertilizer would assist African countries to improve on their economies because crude oil and fertilizer importation were major drains for foreign exchange earnings of African countries.

He said the invitation to President Kufuor was in his capacity as the ECOWAS Chairman and his contribution to socio-economic development in the Sub-Region. Professor Ginkel said African Heads of State and Government attend the Conference, which is held every five years, affords the Japanese government the opportunity to co-operate with their counterparts.