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Obama vows to boost science ties with Muslim world - SciDev.Net

Obama vows to boost science ties with Muslim world - SciDev.Net: "Obama vows to boost science ties with Muslim world

Wagdy Sawahel

5 June 2009 | EN | FR | 中文

Barack Obama speaking at Cairo University

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[CAIRO] The United States' commitment to science diplomacy in parts of the developing world assumed a firmer shape yesterday (4 June) when its president, Barack Obama, outlined a science plan during his landmark speech at Cairo University in Egypt.

Obama's speech, which tackled the United States' relationship with Muslim communities around the world, included several pledges to develop science and technology initiatives as part of his vision for promoting peaceful relations.

He pledged to start a new fund to support science and technology development in Muslim-majority countries to help transfer ideas to the marketplace and create jobs.

He said he would also open centres of scientific excellence in Africa, the Middle East and South-East Asia and appoint 'science envoys' to collaborate on programmes to develop new sources of energy, create green jobs, digitise records, clean up water and grow new crops."

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