The development of science and technology is the driving force for industrialisation in developing countries.
The sentiments came out at the launch of the 2017 African Capacity Building Foundation (ACBF) report in the capital.
Higher and Tertiary Education, Science and Technology Development Permanent Secretary Ambassador Machivenyika Mapuranga says despite a number of policies to promote science and technology, more still needs to be done in order to industrialise developing countries.
ACBF director Dr Thomas Munthali says economic independence of nations can only be achieved if science and technology is embraced in all sectors.
The report expressed concern that a number of African countries have good policies to promote science and technology but implementation remains a challenge.
Training has also been cited as another key area that needs to be invested in order to increase the capacity of employees.