Corporate Ghana supports UNESCO’s IYL 2015

The Ghana National Commission for UNESCO and the Planning Committee of International Year of Light and Light-based Technologies (IYL, 2015) has received support from four Corporate bodies towards the organisation of the up-coming conference.

The Africa Regional Conference and Exhibition on Light and Light-based Technologies scheduled to take place in Accra from September 14 to 16, 2015 at the Accra International Conference Centre, Ghana.

Dutch & Co, GOIL, Lake Side Estate and Star Property Management have presented various financial and product support to the planning committee towards the smooth organization of the conference.

Receiving the donations from the corporate organizations on behalf of the Minister for Education and Chairperson of the Ghana Commission for UNESCO, Prof. Naana Jane Opoku-Agyemang, the Ag.Secretary-General of the Ghana Commission for UNESCO, Mr. Riche-Mike Wellington said: “The up-coming Africa Regional Conference and Exhibition will provide a platform for companies in the area of photonics and optical technologies, including lasers in Ghana and abroad to showcase how these technologies are providing cutting-edge solutions in education, agriculture, communication, energy and health for the appreciation by policy makers and the general public.”

The Conference and Exhibition aims among other things to create awareness on the potential of Light and Light-Based Technologies in solving many of the development challenges facing the African Continent.

The Event will also promote interaction and dialogue among academics, industries and professionals in using optics and photonics concepts in tapping developmental strategies for communities with the view to enabling policy-makers appreciate the relevance for the support of science for economic advancement. It would further attract young minds and innovators to come out with new ideas and inventions in the application of Light-Based Technologies for the benefit of the Continent.

Ghana’s involvement in the International Year of Light celebrations in 2015 has already found four identified priority areas that are paramount for the sustainable development of the country. These are:

1.The upgrading of the Laser and Fiber Optics Centre at the University of Cape Coast into a full-fledged Institute for capacity – building in Fibre Optics Technology;

2.The establishment in the country of a sub-regional Laser Medical Application Laboratory (LMAL) to train medical practitioners to make use of the relevant laser technologies in the field of urology, ophthalmology, dentistry and general surgery.

3.The establishment of a Solar Technology Research Centre to enhance the study and promotion of solar science and the use of alternative energy as well as,

4.The establishment of a Museum of Light and Light-based Technologies as part of solutions to the post-2015 United Nations development agenda.

Mr. Wellington therefore called on corporate Ghana to partner with the Ministry of Education and the Ghana Commission for UNESCO for the realization of the above outcomes.

Story by Ghana | | George Nyavor | [email protected]

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