Research and development institutions will continue to be supported to obtain high-end equipment as the government seeks to create an ideal environment for building a knowledge-based economy, Vice President Constantino Chiwenga said.
He said so recently in a speech read on his behalf by the Permanent Secretary in his office, Mr. Godfrey Chanakira, at the groundbreaking ceremony for the construction of the Research Council of Zimbabwe (RCZ) office complex. ) in Harare.
“May I stress that this occasion is also a realization of the government’s commitment to equip training, research and development institutions with state-of-the-art infrastructure,” Vice President Chiwenga said.
“Such strategies create an ideal environment for the development of a knowledge-based economy that generates sustained growth, industrialization and modernization in Zimbabwe.”
President Mnangagwa’s administration believes that research is key to transforming the country.
In addition, the government has focused on creating and strengthening innovation hubs in higher education institutions, which play an important role in the development of research.
Equipped with such infrastructures, higher education institutions have stepped up and manufactured equipment that has been used to respond to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Vice President Chiwenga said the construction of the office complex will undoubtedly provide an enabling environment for the Zimbabwe Research Council Secretariat to fulfill its mandate of promoting, directing, supervising and coordinating research that enhances development in all sectors of the economy.
He added that the construction of the Zimbabwe Research Council office complex fits well into the innovation, science and technology development agenda.
“Therefore, I would like to commend the board of directors for establishing the infrastructure development committee to lead the construction of the office complex until its completion,” Vice President Chiwenga said.
He also said that the construction of the complex would not have been possible without the commitment of the Second Republic, led by President Mnangagwa, who has a soft spot for creativity, innovation, research and development.
“The Second Republic has since adopted a policy of devoting 1% of total gross domestic product to research and development, thereby providing an environment conducive to innovation towards an industrialized and modernized economy,” he said.