Government has called on local scientists to be more innovative in their inventions if they are to compete favorably on the international market.
Science and Technology Minister Gabriel Namulambe says the scientific industry if properly managed has the potential of contribute to the development of the country’s economy.
Mr. Namulambe says there is need for massive investment in the sector because of it important role in the development process of the country.
He was speaking in Lusaka today when he toured government funded projects at Technology Development Advisory Unit (TDAU) at the University of Zambia.
Mr. Namulambe noted that there was need for Zambia to improve its scientific sector and move with the advancing technology like many other developing countries.
He regretted that despite having well trained local scientists, the industry has failed to make meaningful contributions to the economic growth of the country.
He added that through having innovative scientists, the country has a possibility of becoming one of the lending technologically advanced countries in the World.
The minister, however, expressed happiness with the levels of innovation invested in the projects and reaffirmed that government will strive at ensuring that adequate funding is given to TDAU for it to improve its operations.
Mr. Namulambe disclosed that government will also engage donors to assist in building Capacity and the provision of additional funds to the projects.
And TDAU Manager Isaac Simate cited poor infrastructure as one of the major obstacles to the development of the industry in the country.
Dr. Simate said there was need for government to help the institution with modern technology that can add value to its operations and enhance its contribution to the economic growth of the country.
Government through the Ministry of science and Technology has given TDAU over K170 million for local inventors and so far three major projects have been under taken.
The projects include the invention of a Nshima making machine, Solar power projector and Rope twisting machine among others.