The African Union has merged its ministerial bodies on science and education with the aim of providing better advice to governments. The move has resulted in the dissolution of the African Ministerial Council on Science and Technology, and the creation of a new body, the Specialised Technical Committee on Education, Science and Technology (STC-EST). The merger is part of a larger development plan at the AU, called Agenda 2063. This plan aims to make Africa’s citizens better educated and more skilled by improving schooling and strengthening science and technology development.
However, the lack of science funding could limit the body’s success, commentators said. Under the Agenda 2063 strategy, many African governments have committed to raise science spending to one per cent of GDP (gross domestic product), but this is not really happening, said Henry Roman, the director for environmental services and technologies at South Africa’s Department of Science and Technology.