Innovation critical for attainment of Vision 2030, Prof Murwira

By Lisa Masuku

THE entrenchment of a culture of innovation in young people has been identified as central in promoting the vision of an upper middle-in-come society by 2030.

Day two of the Zimbabwe International Trade Fair (ZITF) saw a number of key engagements such as the International Business Conference and the Innovators Forum taking centre stage.

Higher and Tertiary Education, Science, Innovation and Technology Development Minister, Professor Amon Murwira who officiated at the Innovators Forum noted that Vision 2030 can only be attained through cultivating a culture of novelty in young people.

“The future belongs to young people. If we are to build strong industries young people should be at the forefront,” said Prof Murwira.

With agriculture being the backbone of the country’s economy, the major focus of the Innovators Forum is to encourage young people to come up with sustainable agriculture solutions.

“We were given challenges to come up with sustainable agriculture solutions so that as young people we can play a role in rebuilding the agriculture sector,” said one Innovator.

“We are moving forward in terms of technology so as young people we were interacting trying to come up with solutions to help avert the problems we are facing now,” said a young innovator.

Besides rebuilding the country’s agriculture value chain through sustainable solutions, the forum also gave young people a platform to contribute to the rebuilding of the country’s telecommunications sector.