The launch was to adequately inform Ghana and the African continent about upcoming events which include the upgrading of the Laser and Fibre Optics Center at the University of Cape Coast into a fully-fledged Institute for Capacity-building; the establishment of a sub-regional Laser Medical Application Laboratory (LMAL), a solar Technology Research Center and a Museum of Light and Light-Based Technologies.

The upgrading of the Laser and Fibre Optics Center is expected to create a hub of research and development of direct benefit to the photonics industry as well as build capacity to engage in emerging areas in the sciences and technology.

The proposed laboratory will take advantage of existing expertise in Ghana, train medical experts and engage in leading-edge research in laser application to health delivery.

The establishment of the Research Center is also required to delve into new materials that can withstand dust as well as other shocks from the environment, bearing in mind the efficiency of energy transmission.

Such a study is also expected to cut down cost and send solar power to all corners of the country.

In an address, the Minister for Education, Professor Naana Jane Opoku Agyeman, said Government had made tremendous efforts to put energy at the door step of the rural community and to fully inaugurate renewable energy into the energy supply system.

The representative of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in Ghana, Mr Tirso Dos Santos, in a statement, said the United Nations recognized the importance of raising global awareness about light and how light-based technologies promoted sustainable development and provided solutions to the global challenges in Energy, Education, Agriculture and Health.

As a contribution to the celebration of the IYL, the Government of Ghana and the Ghana National Commission for UNESCO are scheduled to host an Africa Regional Conference and Exhibition on the theme, “Harnessing Light and Light-Based Technologies for Africa’s Development”, later in the month.

Source: ISD (Naa Palm & Linda Okyere)