The government and industry have resolved to form a partnership towards ensuring the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) programme accelerates industrial growth in the country.

The role of the STEM programme towards facilitating the growth of industries was under the spotlight in Harare today with an official from an industrial giant, TA Holdings, Mrs Christine Mautsa saying the private sector wants to form partnerships with the government in ensuring the facility leads to industrialisation of the economy.

“Industrialisation is key and we are anticipating for more partnerships with the government as we seek to advance the growth of this economy,” she said.

ZIMDEF CEO, Mr Fredrick Mandizvidza said partnerships between industry and the government will also enable beneficiaries of the programme to focus on projects that will also create employment.

“It is only through creating jobs that we can in the future facilitate the growth of this economy,” he added.

The Deputy Minister of Higher and Tertiary Education, Science and Technology Development, Dr Godfrey Gandawa said there is need to review, regulate and monitor the impact of the programme to ensure its success in the long term.

The STEM programme was introduced in Zimbabwe to promote scientific skills for students and develop the economy.