Permanent Secretary of Higher and Tertiary Education, Science and Technology Development Dr Desire Sibanda

Research and innovation from technical and vocational education training centres must provide the country with the bedrock of ideas that can be adopted to revive the economy.

The sentiments emerged during a Fourth Research Conference held in Nyanga by Bulawayo Polytechnic.

The conference attracted academics, scientists and researchers from technical and vocational education and training centres who met to discuss new ideas on how to propel the nation forward.

In a speech read on his behalf, guest of honour at the event, the Permanent Secretary of Higher and Tertiary Education, Science and Technology Development Dr Desire Sibanda emphasized the need for innovative solutions to revive the economy.

“The Government of Zimbabwe as you know has come up with economic and industrial policies to grow the economy and it’s important for scholars and researchers like yourselves to have a deeper economic understanding of these policies, debate them and submit recommendations to government. This is what we are pushing in the new dispensation. We do not want ivory type universities,” he said.

Various reports from a number of global institutions have recommended the promotion of commodity-based industrialisation.

Concern also abound that Zimbabwe has for long been acting anti this recommendation by becoming a dumping ground for cheap products.