While in Egypt during the first week of June, President Obama spoke at Cairo University about United States relations with Islamic countries. Although the speech was focused on a new beginning between the U.S. and Muslims around the world, the President did call for investments in science as part of a greater plan to bring economic development to Muslim nations.

From the transcript of the President’s speech:

“On science and technology, we will launch a new fund to support technological development in Muslim-majority countries, and to help transfer ideas to the marketplace so they can create more jobs. We’ll open centers of scientific excellence in Africa, the Middle East and Southeast Asia, and appoint new science envoys to collaborate on programs that develop new sources of energy, create green jobs, digitize records, clean water, grow new crops. Today I’m announcing a new global effort with the Organization of the Islamic Conference to eradicate polio. And we will also expand partnerships with Muslim communities to promote child and maternal health.”


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