Government has reaffirmed its committed to improving scientific and technical research institutions in order to provide evidence based platforms that will accelerate the county’s development.
Minister of Education, Science, Vocational Training and Early Education John Phiri stated that low public financing to scientific and technical research has led to low result yield in various researches that have been undertaken in various key economic sectors.
Dr. Phiri explained that the move to increase financing to scientific and technical research will also enhance the capacity of local scientists to conduct research in high impacted fields which he said were of great benefit to the country’s economic growth.
He was speaking at the official launch of the Southern African Science Service Center for Climate Change and Adaptive Land Management (SASSCAL) project in Zambia.
The SASSCAL project is a science and technical research partnership between Germany and five African countries namely Angola, Botswana, Namibia, South Africa and Zambia.
In launching the project, Dr. Phiri praised the Germany government for its continued financial and technical support rendered to Zambia towards the mitigation of climate change and other climate change related emergencies.
At the same function, the Germany government handed over one of the 10 Automatic Weather Stations to the Zambian government at the University of Zambia.
The 10 Automatic Weather Stations were constructed under the (SASSCAL) project in Lusaka, Sesheke, Kasempa, Mwinilunga, Kalabo, Zambezi, Samfya, Kabwe and Serenje districts.
Dr. Phiri said the new weather stations will greatly contribute to the provision of validated data and accurate weather forecast which will enable government and other policy makers to make informed decisions.
Meanwhile, German Ambassador to Zambia Bernd Finke said his country was ready to assist Zambia and other African countries in mitigating climate change effects.
Mr. Finke was happy that the Zambian government was committed to providing technical assistance in the field of science and technology which he said was a tool for national development.