Live Updates by Skilder Makona

Live reporting by Judith Makwanya

1016: Cde Mnangagwa concluded his speech by saying, “We are one people despite race or colour, we need to unite for a common cause, that is the economic turn around of Zimbabwe. I thank you, Siyabonga, Ndatenda”. 

1015: He said he is fully aware of the harmonised elections slated for later this year and would want to make sure that they are free and fair.

1014: The President says we are one people united by our national flag, anthem and purpose such as what our former Vice President John Nkomo said, “Peace begins with me, peace begins with you, peace begins with all of us”.

1012: “With the unity of purpose and team spirit, we can achieve far beyond. This will improve service delivery in both public and private entities. It’s high time we adopt the new direction that my government has taken to revive the economy and bring about a better Zimbabwe,” says Cde Mnangagwa.

1011: He says there is need to master the knowledge expertise that the society will seek and use in the years ahead to avoid skills, job mismatch.

1007: The Head of State and Government says gone are the days when we used to be rigid, “It’s now high time we cope up with changing times and trends both academically and economically for the development of Zimbabwe”.

1003: Cde Mnangagwa said; “We urge players of industry to partner the government in this academic transformative agenda. Captains of industry are therefore the immediate beneficiaries of this skilled workforce”.

1001: “We look upon the institutions of higher learning to lead in research and development to support the agriculture sector and industry through the adoption of water harvesting technologies and farming methods as well as other innovations in order to retain the country’s breadbasket status and boost productivity which will in turn boost our economy,” says the President.

1000: The role of higher learning institutions in instilling cultural values, enhance the wellbeing of learners, integrity and morals of our society should not be over emphasized

0959: “Learners should not be subjected to abuse in order to get higher marks. Perpetrators of such vices shall be brought to book,” he said.

0957: Cde Mnangagwa said the spirit of honesty must prevail within parents and learners so as to shun corruption and nepotism.

0956: “Higher learning institutions should be recognised through awards for their intellectual property. I urge the Ministry of Legal and Parliamentary Affairs to ensure that the rights or copyrights of any productions by the institutions of higher learning are more protected to reduce piracy as it dampens the spirit of innovation,” he said.

0954: The President highlighted that institutions of higher learning should work as an integral part of our economy and they should be the test birds of innovation through science, technology, research and development.

0952: Cde Mnangagwa said the education system is the pillar for the development of the nation and institutions of higher learning should harness the knowledge and skills of graduands for economic growth.

0950: “I commend the Ministry of Higher and Tertiary Education Science and Technology Development for organising this indaba on such a time when the country is in its drive to steer the economic turnaround of the country,” says the President.

0947: President Mnangagwa takes to the podium and starts by acknowledging distinguished guests. 

0946: Professor Bhebhe is now back on the podium and invites His Excellency, the President of the Republic Of Zimbabwe Cde Emmerson Mnangagwa to give his speech.

0935: A choral group is now entertaining the delegates gathered here at the Harare International Conference Centre (HICC).

0929: “The country must therefore leverage on its human resource base and educational institutions to process raw materials into finished products,” he said.

0927: He said institutions of higher learning will display their plans going forward on having a competitive research system, which researches for government and industry to ensure an increase in the country’s gross domestic product (gdp).

0926: Professor Amon Murwira who is the Minister of Higher and Tertiary Education, Science and Technology Development is now giving his address.

0924: He explained that leaders of institutions of higher learning are expected to elucidate on what they are doing to meet the new vision in the economic turnaround programme.

0923: Speaking on behalf of the Chief Secretary to the President and Cabinet, Dr Desire Sibanda stressed the importance of research from the institutions of higher learning and the huge role it is expected to play in growing the economy in sync the President’s call at his inauguration to revamp the economy.

0920: Permanent Secretary in the Higher and Tertiary Education Science and Technology Development Ministry Dr Desire Sibanda takes to the podium.

0918: Master of Ceremony Professor Ngwabi Bhebhe made introductory remarks to mark the official proceedings of this Great Indaba.

0916: Cde Mnangagwa has just arrived accompanied by the two vice presidents Rtd General Constantino Chiwenga and Cde Kembo Mohadi.

0913: The event is being hosted by the Ministry of Higher and Tertiary Education, Science and Technology Development to see how education can play a role in economic development of Zimbabwe.

0911: Industry is also present represented by the ZNCC, CZI, the agricultural sector and government officials involved in training students. These include health sector, mines, education, tourism and others.

0900: The HICC is the venue where over 600 people are gathered to examine the role of universities, polytechnics and other institutions of higher learning in transforming the national economy.

0858: The President Cde Emmerson Dambudzo Mnangagwa is meeting with leaders and heads of institutions of higher learning at the Harare International Conference Centre (HICC) in the capital.