As the country hosts the 2nd edition of the Non-Aligned Movement Science and Technology (NAM S&T) workshop on industrial biotechnology, other member states in attendance said Zimbabwe has potential to invest in industrial biotechnology thereby promoting value addition and beneficiation for social and economic development.
NAM member states have called upon relevant stakeholders including the government of Zimbabwe to employ biotechnology in transforming its primary raw materials especially agriculture produce and minerals into high value products that can go a long way in accelerating economic growth.
Speaking to the ZBC News, delegates from Cuba, Togo and Kenya concurred that the country needs to invest in infrastructure development and adapt to new technologies to realise benefits of industrial biotechnology.
Chairperson of the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Higher and Tertiary Education, Science and Technology Development, Dr Peter Mataruse said government’s policies promotes the use of biotechnology though a lot needs to be done.
The three-day event which ended today ran under the theme “Driving Value Addition and Beneficiation”.