PS Sinyangwe calls for national research agenda
Kabwe Mar 21/13, ZANIS —————— Government says it is
important to consider and develop a national research agenda so as to
rationalize resources allocation in the application of science and
This will enable Zambia derive value out of the application of
science and technology.
Central province permanent secretary Annie Sinyangwe observed in Kabwe
today that to be able to develop a national research agenda that will
address that actual needs of the country, there is need to carefully
identify the research needs and prioritize them in order to enhance
the science and technology sector’s contribution to economic development
and social well-being of the nation.
Mrs. Sinyangwe said this in a speech read on her behalf by Kabwe
district commissioner Patrick Chishala at Taskers hotel during the
official opening of a two day national research agenda consultative
workshop organized by the national science and technology council.
Mrs. Sinyangwe challenged science and technology sector to show what
technologies they have developed to add value to the agricultural and
mining products especially by the small scale producers and what
research activities taken to address environmental pollution from the
Mrs. Sinyangwe said if most questions would be answered, the nation
would be propelled forward as the structure of the economy would
change from that of a predominantly primary commodity producer to one
dominated by manufacturing and value addition to raw materials.
She observed that the structural shifts would be necessitated by the
growth in value addition to primary commodities rather than exporting
“I expect that valuable information which will take into an account
our provincial needs in science and technology will be generated at
the end of this workshop which has come at an opportune time,’ She
She added that government appreciates the importance of planning in
all the development efforts and emphasized that development planning
is essential in providing clear definitions and articulations of
national, provincial and district priorities for government actions
and in the allocation of public resources.
“This planning process is thus essential as we endeavor to transform
the country into a prosperous middle income nation. Our brand of
development planning must make a break with the past and go beyond
mere statements,’ she said.
Mrs. Sinyangwe further said government was happy that the science and
technology sector is taking the route of identifying provincial
priorities upon which the national research agenda will be anchored.
She indicated that government’s vision concerning scientific research
and technological development, is to have a strong and a
well co-ordinated research and development community that contributes
to the broad national goals through the use of both home grown and
imported technologies leading to wealth creation and improved quality
of life for all.