Scientific research is a priority in Angola

Minister of Higher Education Maria do Rosário Sambo.

Minister of Higher Education Maria do Rosário Sambo.

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Better-equipped laboratories, more project funding, and a larger pool of PhD researchers. These are the goals set by the Minister of Science.

Angola's National Development Plan (2018-2022) defines scientific research as a priority for the country. The Minister of Higher Education, Science, Technology and Innovation said today that funding research projects, equipping laboratories and increasing the number of PhD researchers are the bases for achieving the goals of the Plan.

Speaking at the opening of the 2nd National Council for Science, Technology and Innovation in Luanda, Maria do Rosário Sambo also listed technological development as a priority goal for Angola. But the Minister also said that without an attractive career plan, capable of retaining human capital, those goals cannot be achieved.

She further stated that given the current context and the targets that have been adopted, it is necessary to review the status of scientific researcher (created in 2001). It will soon be discussed by the Council of Ministers.

The Minister also announced that the organic statute that will define the creation of the National Fund for Scientific and Technological Development (FUNDECIT) is at an advanced stage.

Also under consideration for this year are the Code of Ethics for Scientific Research, the Code of Conduct and Liability for Research Activities and Technology Transfer, and the Regulation for the Assessment of Collective and Individual Agents in the National Science, Technology and Innovation System (SNCTI).