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Eight African countries, including Mozambique, Angola, Cape Verde, Guinea Bissau and Sao Tome and Principe, will receive funding for 16 scientific research and technological development projects over a three-year period. The total investment amounts to EUR 4.6 million.
The projects, aimed at encouraging and strengthening scientific, technical, human and social skills and capacities in Africa, were selected from 73 applications submitted to the first competition held under a protocol signed between the Portuguese Ministry of Science, Technology and Higher Education and the Ismaili Imamat , in 2016, Lusa reported.
The selected projects, which result from existing initiatives and ongoing collaborations between Portuguese and African scientific and academic institutions, are aimed at increasing the Quality of Life programmes in Portuguese-speaking African Countries (PALOP) and also in Tanzania, South Africa and Nigeria, was launched in 2017.
The thematic areas are divided into health, technological and engineering sciences, exact sciences, human, social and natural sciences.
Projects in Cape Verde will target the agro-diversity and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) intervention, while the project in Guinea-Bissau will be implemented in the area of tuberculosis.
In Angola, the focus will be on the fight against malaria, geoscience, genetics and democratisation, among others.
The projects in Mozambique are aimed at aquaculture, intercultural relations, food security, democratisation, palaeontology and geoscience, among others.
Sao Tome and Principe will receive projects in the areas of coastal biodiversity and food security.
The implementation of the projects in the field will be followed by a scientific panel chaired by António Rendas from the New University of Lisbon,. The panel will ensure monitoring, aimed at the effective achievement of the proposed scientific results and the desired impact on the Quality of Life and Well-Being of the citizens in the African countries involved.
On Thursday, the projects will be presented at the Ismaili Centre in Lisbon, during the Diamond Jubilee of Prince Aga Khan, attended by the Portuguese Minister of Science, Technology and Higher Education, Manuel Heitor, and Nazim Ahmad, diplomatic representative of the Ismaili Imamat in Portugal.Source: Lusa
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