The Chief Secretary to the President and Cabinet, Dr Misheck Sibanda says Zimbabwe should find ways of translating science, technology and innovation into tangible gains for the economy.
Dr Sibanda was addressing representatives of government departments, academia and captains of industry at a science, technology and innovation indaba in Harare today.
The gathering was aimed at ensuring that researchers are encouraged to carry out studies that can be used to produce goods and services for the global market in line with ZIMASSET and improve the lives of the people.
“The academia, industry and government bodies can build an integrated system that can revitalise industry, generate new businesses and create employment in all sectors of the economy and support entrepreneurship,” said Dr Sibanda.
He added that countries like China, Russia, Malaysia and Singapore have developed into regional economic powerhouses through economic policies based on their strengths in science, technology and innovation.
Dr Sibanda also said it is time for Zimbabweans to change their mindset and view research as an investment meant for the nation and not as a cost.
The government through the Science, Technology and Innovation Policy had committed to funding of research and development to at least one percent of the country’s gross domestic product (GDP), which has not been achieved.
“A further 0,5 percent should be added to the figure to propel economic development to higher levels,” he said.
Dr Sibanda commended the National Research Council of Zimbabwe for ably fulfilling its advisory role to government on science, technology and innovation.
He also spoke about the different steps that have been taken to reform and modernise the public sector including the Integrated Results Based Management System and the Rapid Results Approach, among other issues.
Research Council of Zimbabwe Executive Director, Mrs Muzite underscored the role of research in science, technology and innovation in socio-economic transformation of nations for wealth creation and improvement of the quality of human life.