The Diplomatic Society

 
  • Increase font size
  • Default font size
  • Decrease font size

South Africa-UK Newton Fund collaboration

Address by the Minister of Science and Technology, Naledi Pandor MP, at the signing of the Newton Fund Memorandum of Understanding between South Africa and the United Kingdom, Parliament, Cape Town, 9 September 2014.

James Duddridge (Minister of State for Africa in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office)
Fiona Woolf (Lord Mayor of the City of London)
Baroness Scotland (UK Prime Minister’s Trade Envoy to South Africa)
Judith Macgregor (British High Commissioner to South Africa)

In May 2014, soon after my appointment as Science and Technology Minister, I attended the Carnegie Group meeting of science Ministers and advisers in the United Kingdom, hosted by the then Minister of State for Universities and Science, David Willetts. During that meeting, Minister Willetts and I discussed the plans for the Newton Fund cooperation with South Africa.

Thanks to the hard work and commitment shown by both our countries, today, merely three months later, we are able to sign a Memorandum of Understanding. We have moved with all speed. No time was wasted. I would like to thank all South African and UK officials who contributed to this achievement, and in particular High Commissioner Macgregor and her team.

Before the end of the year, South African and UK scientists will be able to access the Newton Fund resources to support their cooperation.
We have heard a number of exciting testimonies of the cooperation initiatives planned under the South Africa-UK Newton Fund collaboration. I would like to highlight why this partnership is so important.

First, the Fund prioritises human capital development and capacity-building. Without the training of the next generation of scientists and engineers, neither of our countries will achieve their ambitious objectives for increasing knowledge-based scientific activities. I specifically look forward to the Newton Fund involving the active participation of our historically disadvantaged institutes of higher learning.

Second, the Fund focusses on the active involvement of industry to ensure our science, technology and innovation investments contribute to economic growth and employment creation. In this regard, I am especially excited about the focus on “big data”, an area where South Africa and the United Kingdom already cooperate actively within the global Square Kilometre Array (SKA) radio telescope project. It is indeed highly appropriate that South Africa-UK cooperation in radio astronomy will be one of the first flagships supported under the Newton Fund. We continue to appreciate the United Kingdom’s leadership role in the SKA Organisation.

Third, I would like to highlight the Fund's focus on the participation of other African countries. South Africa is strongly committed to supporting science, technology and innovation capacity-building elsewhere in Africa, especially within frameworks of the African Union and the Southern African Development Community. I am delighted that through the Newton Fund we will be able to count on the United Kingdom as a partner in this effort.

Fourth, and last, the Fund is a new kind of partnership. The very nature of the partnership is important, as it is underpinned by the values of co-ownership and co-responsibility. The Fund's programme has been jointly designed, the objectives jointly defined and its implementation will be our joint responsibility. It is not one party helping the other but two nations working together, making equivalent investments in their partnership. These values of working together in a true spirit of partnership, based on mutual respect and commitment, are also very important for the broader South Africa-UK political and economic cooperation.

Minister of State, Lord Mayor, High Commissioner, Baroness, Ladies and Gentlemen

Today we sign a memorandum. It's a milestone in the science and innovation cooperation between our two countries. But we should not relax. I now look forward to rapid and effective implementation.

I thank you all for your participation and support and ask Minister Duddridge to convey to Minister of State for Universities, Science and Cities, Greg Clarke, my personal good wishes and appreciation.

DEPARTMENT OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY

 


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
_________________________________________________

July 2017 Edition

 
 
_________________________________________________

Translater


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

29th Summit of the African Union Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, 04 July 2017 The 29th Ordinary Session of the Summit of the African Union has come to close after 9 days, during which various statutory... <|> Ukraine Constitution Day 2017 The Constitution Day of Ukraine was celebrated at the Embassy of Ukraine in the Republic of South Africa on 27 June 2017. Photo: Pictured at the reception are Mr.... <|> The 20th anniversary of Hong Kong's return to the motherland On July 1st, Chinese President Xi Jinping delivered a speech at the meeting celebrating the 20th anniversary of Hong Kong's return to the... <|> South Africa signs Tripartite Free Trade Area agreement 7 July 2017 South Africa has become the 19th country to sign an agreement establishing the Tripartite Free Trade Area (TFTA). Signed on... <|> The Fourth Industrial Revolution as a Disruptor and Opportunity 12 July 2017 South Africa must build its skills base in the Information Communication Technology (ICT) industry if it is to cement... <|> Easing travel regulations between South Africa and Kenya 3 May 2016 South Africa and Kenya have announced measures that will make travelling between the two countries easier. South African Home... <|> Kazakhstan as it evolves 14 July 2017 Kazakhstan has entered a new historical period. This is according to Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev's article ‘The Course towards Future:... <|> Youth winners to represent South Africa in Stockholm 12 July 2017 Three learners from Limpopo, who won the South African Youth Water Prize (SAYWP) competition, will this weekend jet off to... <|> Global Tea Party for 150th year of Ceylon Tea 15 July 2017 The global tea party to mark the 150th year of Ceylon Tea was held on 6th July 2017 at the Durban Chamber of Commerce and Industry in... <|> Seminar - The Art of Collaboration If you would like to be part of this initiative either as a partner or sponsor, please contact Sello Motsei @ 082 663 5389 or send an email to... <|>
© copyright 2011-2017| The Diplomatic Society| All Rights Reserved.