President Emmerson Dambudzo Mnangagwa attended the 12th Edition of Zimbabwe International Research Symposium today at the Harare International Conference Centre.
The Minister of Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services Monica Mutsvangwa and other senior government officials attended the event among others.The Symposium ran under the theme “The Nexus between Research and Industry: Key to Innovation and Sustainable Development” and was sponsored by POTRAZ and ZERA .
In a statement, President Mnangagwa said it was an honour to be invited at such an event as it is one of the key components to the socio-economic development of the 2nd Republic.
“My government applauds this gathering which brings together stakeholders in the policy, research, innovation, entrentrepreneurship and industry sectors of Zimbabwe and beyond to discuss, share and explore aspects around. Research is at the heart of our decision making process and is essential to vault economic development through innovation and increased production.
“I urge the Research Council of Zimbabwe to be more robust in the co-ordination, promotion and supervision of research throughout the country. Moreso, we quest to leapfrog the development, modernization of our economy towards middle income status by 2030.
“Today Research is becoming more and more competitive as an essential driver to the growth and prosperity of nations. I encourage all of us to learn new ideas and learn the old. My admin remains committed to invest in Research and Development through the allocation of 1% GDP towards research,” he said.
President Mnangagwa also presented awards to the most creative researchers which came in different categories which includes primary schools and the award was taken by Rimbi Primary School , on Secondary Schools Murambinda High took the award among others.
The Symposium started on the 13th of February and ended today.