According to Professor Kwabena Frimpong Boateng, only 0.025 percent of GDP is allocated to research, a situation which he says is not adequate to foster innovation in the country.

Professor Kwabena Frimpong Boateng
Ghana’s Minster of Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation has decried the percent of gross domestic product that is allocated to original research.
According to Professor Kwabena Frimpong Boateng, only 0.025 percent of GDP is allocated to research, a situation which he says is not adequate to foster innovation in the country.

“To do the things that we want to do in research, we need money and as at now, the money that is given for research is just about 0.025 percent of our GDP. And that is not enough to pay the scientist much more to undertake research,” the minister said at a forum on innovation organised by Accra-based Citi FM.

“The President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo
has said that he will start by devoting one percent
of GDP into research and that is very good news
indeed. And he put me at the ministry to do things
for him; I’m serving at his pleasure. So I will
remind him all the time of his promise to enable
me function as a scientist and a doctor in that
respect,” he added.

In the past many state institutions mandated to
carry out research, such as Council for Scientific
and Industrial Research, have bitterly complained
on several occasions about scarce resources.

Source: pulse.com