President Launches Space Agency

Staff Reporter

…as science and technology transform global operations

President Emmerson Mnangagwa yesterday officially opened the Zimbabwe Science Park 1 Complex and the Zimbabwe National Geospatial and Space Agency (ZINGSA) building, at a time the world is advancing in the field of science and technology.

Speaking during the event at the University of Zimbabwe, President Mnangagwa said science, technology and innovation were catalysts to realise a high quality of life.

“In the context of fast changing national global realities, the acceleration of science, technology and innovation remains necessary for promoting sustainable development, building modernised economic systems and promoting transformations across all sectors,” said President Mnangagwa.

The President further stressed the need for the country to strengthen the novelty as a primary driver to the speedy attainment of Vision 2030.

“Our country’s economic and social development and the improvement in the quality of life of our people all need science and technological solutions, more than ever before.  It is equally urgent that we all strengthen innovation as a primary driver to the speedy realisation of Vision2030.

“The backdrop of intense international competition and unpredictable supply chains across sectors must equally motivate us to craft an innovation path and ecosystem which is suited to our national circumstances,” said the President.

Describing the special purpose of the ZINGSA, the President said, “This important institution has the task to design, regulate, promote, coordinate and conduct research and development initiatives that promote advances in geospatial science and earth observation, space engineering, space science, aeronautical engineering and global navigation satellite systems, among others.”

The Science Park is an office space designed to support research and development in science, information technology, artificial intelligence, machine learning, the internet of things, biotechnology, virtual reality and robotics.  Further it offers facilities that foster innovation, in line with Education 5.0 and the development and commercialisation of technology.