Minister of Education Science and Technology Dr Emmanuel Fabiano said science and technology continue to make positive strides in the socio-economic development of the country.
He made the remarks on Thursday at the Malawi University of Science and Technology’s (MUST) special congregation held to inaugurate Professor Arthur Peter Mutharika as Chancellor in Thyolo.
In his brief lecture on; the role of Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) in economic growth and development: The National Perspective, Dr Fabiano said people have used science and technology to provide the needed transformation in sectors such as health, communications, agriculture, construction, education, manufacturing and processing.
He stressed the need for Malawi to focus more on innovation to move the country to greater heights.
Taking his turn in another brief lecture on; the role of STI in economic growth and development, Professor Goolam Mohamedbhai who is also a member of the Council of the National University of Lesotho said Africa is lagging behind internationally on issues of Science, Technology and Innovation.
He said opportunities are available to turn the situation around if there could be effective coordination between the government, Civil Society Organisations and other stakeholders.
Mohamedbhai commended Malawi for considering Science, Technology and Innovation as its pillar of development.
The MUST dream was hatched by late President Dr Bingu wa Mutharika to develop a human resource base skilled in science, technology and innovation able to turn Malawi from a predominantly importing nation to an exporting one.
MUST was opened in 2014 with an enrolment of 150 students, which has now risen to 950. The first cohort is yet to graduate.
Source: Malawi News Agency – MANA