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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

A plan for liaison between IUPAC and AAPAC

AAPAC and IUPAC together will address regional problems in Africa by developing an electronic communications network, publishing an electronic African Journal of Chemistry, instituting environmental workshops and programs for sustainable development, planning for education at all levels, and helping develop the research infrastructure. A jointly-sponsored forum will be established to address the chemistry-government interface in Africa.

AAPAC will provide a bridge between the national chemical societies of Africa and IUPAC. It may be possible for AAPAC to join IUPAC as an Associate Organization, similar to the IUPAC relationship with the Federation of European Chemical Societies. Increased membership in IUPAC by individual African countries, first as Observers and later as full Members, will be encouraged.

Dr. Jortner proposed that the first IUPAC-AAPAC collaborative project should be to plan an electronic communications scientific highway for Africa. AAPAC is invited to propose the second joint program.

The organizers thanked all present for their participation. In closing, a note of urgency was added by a participant using an African analogy to emphasize the need for immediate action by African scientists and the world scientific community. "It doesn't matter in Africa", he said, "whether you are a lion or a gazelle. When morning comes, you'd better start running."

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