In Favor of More Informed Policies

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Speaking at the opening ceremony of the AfDB Economic Conference (Tunis, 22-24 November 2006) on behalf of Professor William Lyakurwa, AERC Kenya Executive Director, Professor Olu Ajakoye recalled the conditions which lead to the creation of the African Research Consortium, especially regarding policy choices and challenges governments have to deal with in an environment that is constantly changing.

Regarding the Consortium’s achievements, Prof. Ajakoye indicated that teachers had been trained and managers capable of carrying out useful research were available.

As to whether we are on the right path regarding development at the beginning of the 21st Century, he underscored that his institution was on the path to more informed practical policies. In this regard, he indicated that a feedback from the conference would be important for the Consortium’s work.


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