‘Embrace new technologies’ – Dzinotyiwei

This came out at the Second Science and Technology Innovation Policy launch in the capital this Wednesday which was graced by the three principals in the Global Political Agreement, Ministers, legislators, the private sector and the academia.

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The gathering brought together international guests from South Africa, Tanzania, Botswana as well as diplomats who attended the ceremony where Zimbabwe was re-launching its science and technology policy following the upgrading of the one that was launched in 2005.

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In his address, Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai stressed the need for government to prioritise implantation of science and technology and innovation through allocating funding for the programmes.

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Science and Technology Development Minister, Professor Heneri Dzinotyiwei said science must be the driving force behind every human activity, adding that Zimbabwe should emulate the success story of some Asian countries such as Malaysia and Singapore.

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Deputy Prime Minister, Professor Arthur Mutambara said science and technology has the potential to boost poor countries’ GDP to unprecedented levels through application in agriculture, mining, energy development and other sectors of the economy.

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A representative of South African Minister of Science and Technology, Naledi Pandor highlighted what South Africa is doing in the sector and invited Zimbabwean scientists and researchers to join hands with South African academia.