Prof Evans Osabuohien’s Guest Scholar speaks on Technological Capability, Inclusive Growth and Structural Transformation in Africa

Professor Evans Osabuohien has once again established strong strategic research ties with a Fulbright Scholar (Professor Steve Onyeiwu). He is a tenured Professor of Economics and previous Chair of International Studies, at Allegheny College, Pennsylvania, USA. He has served as a consultant to international organisations such as United Nations Economics Commission for Africa (UNECA), United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa (CODESRIA), among others.

He was hosted for seven months (February to August 2022) as a Fulbright Scholar by Professor Evans Osabuohien, the Head, Department of Economics and Development Studies, at Covenant University. During his stay, the duo collaborated on a joint research project aimed at tackling development and structural transformation issues in Africa, which emphasises the role technological capability can play in addressing the issues.

The climax of Professor Steve Onyeiwu’s research stay was the presentation of the preliminary findings of the joint research project in a Seminar themed “Is Technological Capability the Missing Link in Africa’s Lack of Inclusive Growth and Structural Transformation?”. The Seminar was held on 10th August 2022 as a hybrid event with participation from different spectrums of society across the globe. Some of the notable participants include representatives of the American Embassy in Nigeria, academic leaders, government agencies, non-governmental organisations (NGOs), and a host of others.