AS Tanzania strives to attain a middle-income economy, the concept of knowledge economy and utilisation of research findings remain critical.
Education, Science, Technology and Vocational Training Minister Prof Joyce Ndalichako said in Dar es Salaam yesterday that researches help to understand how things could be done properly in any development planning and policy making.
In a speech read on her behalf by Permanent Secretary in the ministry, Dr Leonard Akwilapo at the commemoration of 40 years of cooperation between Tanzania and Sweden, Prof Ndalichako described research as mandatory to know the right strategies, techniques, equipment and resource required to achieve positive results.
“I would like to note the importance of knowledge creation, which is a key ingredient in development of any society or country, including Tanzania. At this time when the country is striving to become the middle-income economy, the concept of knowledge economy is critical,” she said.
On the 40 years of relationship between the two countries, the Minister said since 1998, the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA) has supported the University of Dar es Salaam (UDSM) in four different phases.
According to Professor Ndalichako between 1998 and 2000, SIDA supported 17 projects worthy 21bn/. The second 2001-2004 phase had 15 projects ex ecuted at 22bn/-.
Other phases are 20042009 during which 12 projects were implemented, costing 40bn/- and the 2009-2013 period, which was later extended to June, 2015 with 13 projects at 36bn/-. She said other institutions have also benefitted from the Swedish institu tional support.
She named other beneficiaries of SIDA support as Ardhi University, Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences, which started participating in SIDA programmes when they were a constituent part of UDSM, and Tanzania Commission for Science and Technology.