Arab ministers responsible for scientific and technological development opened a conference in Rabat, Morocco on Monday (16 August).
Arab ministers responsible for scientific and technological development opened a conference in Rabat, Morocco on Monday (16 August). During the 10-day meeting, the ministers will be discussing ways of making better use of the region's natural resources.
SYNOPSIS: More than 150 delegates from 16 Arab countries are taking part in the conference. Mauritania is attending as observer along with representatives from nine non-Arab nations and a number of international agencies. The delegates heard an opening address from the Moroccan Minister for Secondary and Higher Education, Abdellatif Ben Abdeljalil. Education will be one of the main topics under discussion and attempts to increase the number of students who study scientific subjects at university. The number of students at Arab universities doubled between 1965 and 1973 but only 34 percent of those were studying scientific subjects.
The conference was sponsored by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) and its Director-General, Amadou M'Bow, spoke to the delegates. He said a new emphasis had to be placed on science in the Arab world and greater use made of recent technological developments. He said that at present, 90 percent of all scientific research took place in the industrialised countries of world. It was time, he added, for Arab nations to take an active part in the development of resources in its own region.