President Kagame in ICTP 50th Anniversary
The Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP) is hosting a four-day celebration from 6 to 9 October 2014 to celebrate its 50 years of success in international scientific cooperation and the promotion of scientific excellence in the developing world.
In these 50 years, ICTP has provided scientists from developing countries with countless opportunities to conduct research and to study the latest advances in physics and mathematics.

More than 250 distinguished scientists, ministers and others will convene at the Centre to mark the anniversary.
The Director-General opened the conference, entitled "50 Years of Science for the Future," together with Yukiya Amano, Director-General of IAEA, Hamadoun Touré, Secretary General of ITU, Romain Murenzi, Executive Director of the Academy of Sciences for the Developing World, as well as Mr. Mario Giro, Under-Secretary of State of the Foreign Affairs of the Government of Italy.

The UNESCO Director-General, Irina Bokova, opening the conference
The Rwandan President, Paul Kagame, took part in an event to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP) in Trieste, Italy.

President Kagame addressing to the assembly
This event also saw keynote lectures by H.E. Paul Kagame, President of Rwanda, HRH Prince El Hassan bin Talal, Jordan, and Ansar Parvez, Chairman of the Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission.
The conference provided an opportunity to showcase UNESCO’s work to promote scientific collaboration as a force for peace and development, especially in developing countries, where ICTP has developed a promising network of laboratories and scientific institutions.
President Kagame stressed that "for fifty years, the Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics has been at the forefront of scientific cooperation with the developing world. Thousands of young scientists from Africa, Asia, and Latin America have benefited from ICTP’s programmes".‎ He pursued by noting that "the tools pioneered at ICTP aimed to stem the brain drain by bringing young scientists from developing countries into top-notch research networks" by enabling "a scientist from Africa to make important contributions back home, even as he or she pursues her career in the world’s leading laboratories", thereby "turning the problem of brain drain into an opportunity".
"Connecting our young people to the scientific mindset not only makes them effective workers, we believe it can also help them be better citizens" declared President Kagame.‎ He also expressed his support to the establishment of an East African regional centre for theoretical physics in Rwanda, stressing its "practical and symbolic importance" for the nation as a whole.

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