Did you know that Africa produces only 1% of global research output? Did you also know that no African country spends more than 1% of GDP on research and development? This results in a growing annual loss of $4 billion as important science, engineering and technology services are outsourced to expatriates. With 11 million young Africans expected to join the labour market each year in Sub-Saharan Africa, we must act now.

These challenges are an opportunity. Africa is the world’s untapped talent pool. By 2050, 40% of the world’s young people will be from Africa. If we place science, technology, engineering, mathematics and social sciences at the heart of decision making and business investments, Africa will become a leading member of the global scientific community and contribute to making our world better. Where there are many challenges, science provides endless solutions and innovations.

With your signature, you are saying,

I believe that Africa’s transformation depends on renewed and increased focus on science, technology and innovation. I call on African governments to meet the target of at least 1% of GDP spent on research and development. I call on African business leaders to invest in the development of innovative research that responds to Africa’s challenges. I call on African youth to study in STEM and social sciences fields, seeking out ways to apply their knowledge to solve global challenges. I call on all our friends to support Africa’s shift to becoming a science and technology-driven society. Together, we can make sure Africa becomes a leading member of the global scientific community.

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H.E. Macky Sall, President of Senegal
H.E. Paul Kagame, President of Rwanda
H.E. Martial de Paul Ikounga Commissioner for Human Resources, Science and Technology, Africa Union, Rep. of Congo
Michaëlle Jean Secretary General, Organisation internationale de la Francophonie, Canada
Johanna Wanka Minister of Education and Research, Germany
Naledi Pandor, Minister of Science and Technology, South Africa
Leymah Gbowee Nobel Peace Prize 2011, Liberia
Flavia Schlegel Assistant Director General, Natural Sciences, UNESCO, Switzerland
Aaron Ciechanover Nobel Prize, Chemistry (2004), Israel
Cedric Villani Mathematician and Fields Medalist (2010), France
Neil Turok Director, Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics & AIMS Board Chair, UK
Jean-Pierre Bourguignon President, European Research Council, France
Jean Lebel, President of the International Development Research Centre, Canada
France A. Córdova Director, National Science Foundation, USA
Romain Murenzi Executive Director, TWAS, Rwanda
Klaus Toepfer Former Head, UNEP, Germany
Souleymane Mboup Professor & Co-discoverer of HIV virus, Senegal
Peter Stroschneider President, DFG (German Research Foundation) Executive Board, Germany
Solomon Assefa Director, IBM Africa, Ethiopia
Joachim Rogall President & CEO, Robert Bosch Foundation, Germany
Paul Stoffels Chief Scientist at Johnson & Johnson, USA
Reeta Roy President & CEO, Mastercard Foundation, Canada
John Silvanus Wilson, Jr. President Morehouse College, USA
Philip Campbell Editor-in-Chief of Nature Magazine, UK
Jeffrey Orridge Canadian Football League (CFL) Commissioner, USA
Mthuli Ncube Former VP of African Development Bank, Nigeria
Phillip Clay Former Chancellor of MIT, USA

The Next Einstein Will Be African. I call on African governments, leaders, and youth to embrace and support a new era in science, technology, and innovation.

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