More than forty years after the creation of the African Mathematical Union with a mission, statutes and objectives designed according to the various impediments, challenges, opportunities, etc….of the moment, our responsibility for this new mandate (2017-2021) is to define a new vision consisting on redesigned goals with an improved and better adapted strategy for a relevant strengthening and a fruitful development of Mathematics in Africa, to meet the requirements and expectations of this new millennium.
Indeed, the world is in a perpetual change and is going through a major historical transformation of a multidimensional nature: scientific and technological, economic, social, cultural, political and geopolitical. So global innovation, advancements in Science and Technology have strong relevance and potential impact for the achievement of the much-needed socio-economic growth, sustainable development, and hence for hunger and poverty eradication, prevention and control of diseases.
It is clear that Mathematics are playing a major role in meeting the industrial and societal challenges, since 44% of identified key technologies are strongly affected by progress in mathematics according to recent studies. In particular, an increased mobilization of some major mathematical fields competency would be needed in numerous activity sectors.
Thus, the involvement of AMU in the development of mathematics that could have a real impact on some critical sectors such as agriculture, energy, environment, health, infrastructure development, mining, security and water is needed.
In addition, it is essential to encourage the recruitment of mathematicians with specific expertise in the industrial and business world. This would lead to a fruitful collaboration between mathematicians and the actors in this important world, which would certainly contribute effectively to addressing the challenges of science, technology and innovation (STI) in our continent.
To succeed, it is extremely important to involve relevant segments of our population, the private sector, the diaspora, the civil society, especially women and youth, whose energy, creativity and courage would be really helpful. Of course, the provided support by international organizations would be indispensable.
To end, let me invite African National or Regional Mathematical Associations, societies, foundations and more broadly international, continental Mathematical Unions, Societies, to join AMU for a real and successful achievement of our shared goals.
Prof. Nouzha El Yacoubi ,