Innovation and applications that are helpful and relevant in science and technology present the solution to many of the socio-economic challenges that face any country.
Chief Secretary, Ambassador Ombeni Sefue, made the remarks in Dar es Salaam while opening a three week laboratory workshop for reviewing the national science, technology and innovation system in the country.
Ambassador Sefue noted that the central aspect of innovation was change – especially the courage to change the way people think and do things.
“Innovation has always been the anchor and engine that engenders development throughout the history of mankind, which means that without that, realising development will be much difficult,” he remarked.
He further added that innovation can shape future governments and their relationship with their citizens, especially when it involves such aspects as networked government, smart cities and digital technologies.
Ambassador Sefue said that to be an innovative, government was to be a government that cares. “Tanzania does not want to stagnate and thus something more must be done to embrace science, technology and innovation,’’ he appealed.
The chief secretary said technological innovations and adaptations have in the last fifty years transformed poor countries into the middle and high income ones, exuding hope that those countries that have embraced innovations will continue to prosper.
Expounding further he said that applying the lab approach to review the science, technology and innovation system was like using iron to sharpen iron.
Therefore, he was confident that the anticipated outcome from the workshop will avail the country the right framework and conditions that will enhance its role in propelling Tanzania.
The laboratory workshop was aimed at establishing framework conditions for enhancing the role of science, technology and innovation in securing future prosperity of the country.
While presenting his paper on science, technology and innovation for development of economies, Mr Joseph Simbakalia said that Tanzania cannot outsource thinking and hope to achieve socio-economic transformation.
“The priority should be to have in place a coherent national policy for science, technology and innovation as the key to attain objectives of socio-economic transformation, which will end poverty,” he observed.
Mr Simbakalia further said it was crucial to re-engineer institutions of higher learning and research into a network of centres of excellence to fulfil the model of a national innovation system.
By HILDA MHAGAMA, Tanzania Daily News