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IUPAC-AAPAC Joint Meeting on Chemistry in the Development of Africa
Durban, Republic of South Africa, 11 July 1998


by John M. Malin, Ph. D.
International Activities Administrator
American Chemical Society

Liaison between IUPAC and AAPAC

Prof. Bekoe opened the discussion of liaison between AAPAC and IUPAC by noting that the objectives of the two organizations are complementary. The partnership could work to strengthen African chemical societies, and also to advocate industrial development in Africa. There is, he said, a clear need to work toward a form of affiliation between the two organizations. AAPAC has many bright members but it is very young and weak in resources. IUPAC assistance to AAPAC through the IUPAC Website would help greatly by sharing information with and among African scientists.

Prof. Jortner added that the AAPAC/IUPAC liaison should be both regional and global. Elements of cooperation could include dissemination of industrial and environmental information, joint planning, catalysis of programs for Africa including electronic communications and assistance in interactions with governments

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