Sisi opens national conference on scientific research
Sunday، 25 March 2018 - 02:19 PM
President Abdel Fattah El Sisi opened on Saturday 24/3/2018 the national conference on scientific research.
The national conference is organized by the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research under the theme "Launching Egyptians' Capabilities".
Attending the inauguration ceremony were Prime Minister Sherif Ismail and Minister of Higher Education Khaled Abdel Ghaffar along with several Cabinet ministers and researchers.
The conference is set to review priorities of the scientific research in Egypt, within the unified national framework of science, technology and innovation as well as Egypt's sustainable development strategy 2030.
The participants will also discuss means of empowering women and young people in the field of science and technology along with vocational education.
Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research Khaled Abdel Ghaffar said in his speech at the conference that the academic community in Egypt appreciates that the conference is being held under the auspices of President Abdel Fattah El Sisi.
He added that President Sisi always encourages upgrading the higher education system in Egypt. The president seeks removing any obstacles hampering higher education, added the minister.
The ministry, he pointed out, will exert all efforts for pushing forward higher education and scientific research in Egypt.
Abdel Ghaffar added that the scientific research is financed via a government support from the State budget, which he said has increased to EGP 21 billion, compared to EGP 17.8 billion over the past years.
The minister said some 2,126 projects have been provided with an EGP 1.9 billion funded from the Science and Technology Development Fund.
Several projects at the Academy of Scientific Research were also funded at a total cost of EGP 1.1 billion, he revealed.
Meanwhile, Abdel Ghaffar said the State has worked on developing the scientific research infrastructure, noting that the higher education ministry has adopted the establishment of central labs at a cost of EGP 500 million.