194% increase in scientific mission delegates in 2013: CAPMAS
Prime Minister Ibrahim Mahlab - YOUM7 (Archive)

CAIRO: Total number of Egyptian delegates traveling abroad in scientific missions in 2013 reached 197 delegates in comparison to 67 delegates in 2012, which marks a 194 percent increase, the Central Agency for Public Mobilization and Statistics (CAPMAS) reported in its annual bulletin Monday. 

The release also reported that the number of delegates traveling abroad in foreign missions in 2013 reached 83 in comparison to 108 delegates in 2012, the decrease standing at 23.1 percent.

An estimated 2009 delegates travelled abroad in scientific missions from 2010 to 2013, including 997 delegates to European countries, 642 delegates to American countries, 305 delegates to Asian countries and 14 delegates to Arab countries, according to CAPMAS.

The medical science group came in the first rank of the total number of delegates traveling abroad in scientific missions, reaching 57 in 2013, in comparison to 23 delegates in 2012.

The Egyptian government is keen on using scientific research in all fields, Prime Minister Ibrahim Mahlab said Saturday during the inauguration of a solar plant in Luxor.

As a part of his efforts to encourage research and develop the Egyptian education system, Scientific Research Minister Sherif Hamad discussed with Head of the British Council Mark Stephens a mechanism of joint scientific cooperation. During their meeting on July 7 in Cairo, Hamad underlined Egypt’s keenness on promoting cooperation between scientific institutions in both countries.

Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry also issued directives to the consulate sector in the ministry and all the diplomatic missions to develop the system and improve the conditions of Egyptian communities abroad, MENA reported July 2.

President of the Academy of Scientific Research and Technology Maged El- Sherbiny told The Cairo Post in March that the future of scientific research is promising in light of Egypt’s new constitution, adding that the allocation of 1% of the gross domestic product for scientific research is a good step under the current economic situation.

“The budget of scientific research was not exploited,” he said, saying that 15 million EGP ($2.2 million) was allocated for scientific research per year; 12 million for salaries and 3 million for research.

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