Morogoro — TANZANIANS have been urged to embrace the use of science and technology to attain sustainable development and competitiveness.
Tanzania National Business Council (TNBC) Executive Secretary, Mr Raymond Mbilinyi, made the call on Wednesday at a Smart Partnership Dialogue meeting which involved people from Tanga, Coast and Morogoro regions. "It is through science and technology that we can speedily realise our development objectives," he said.
He said one of the things which are emphasised by the Smart Partnership Dialogue is the application of science and technology in all facets of social and economic activities, adding that it was high time that Tanzania embraced it as a matter of priority. "People should know that this is a priority area in their daily activities," he said.
The main objective of the Smart Partnership Dialogue is to enhance government's engagement with all sectors of the society in finding solutions to sustainable development challenges. The theme of the Global 2013 Smart Partnership Dialogue is "Leveraging technology for Africa's socioeconomic transformation: The Smart Partnership way."
Smart Partnership International Dialogues are held alternately between Malaysia and countries in southern Africa and are jointly organised by the Commonwealth Partnership for Technology Management (CPTM) and the Malaysian Industry-Government Group for High Technology (MIGHT). TNBC has been designated as the national hub for Smart Partnership Dialogue and has been tasked to undertake the National Smart Partnership Dialogue, commencing from the district, regional up to the national level as a stepping stone to the International Smart Partnership Dialogue in July.
For his part, Morogoro Regional Commissioner, Mr Joel Bendera thanked the government, through TNBC, for availing the opportunity to openly discuss development issues in their areas and at the national level. "We will utilise these dialogues in our region and strive to increase productivity and hence attain development," he said. He said his region was endowed with many resources which could be better harnessed through such appropriate dialogues.
He called on vocational education training centres in the region to come up with best solutions in science and technology so the region can attain development more quickly.