The National Commission for Science and Technology (NCST) has said innovative citizens are a critical ingredient in the achievement of Malawi’s long term development vision, the Malawi2063.
NCST Chief Technology Transfer Officer Isaac Chingota was speaking in Mponera, Dowa, on Friday during the organisation’s innovation mapping and documentation exercise.
Malawi early this year unveiled a dream of becoming an upper-middle income economy by 2063.
According to Chingota, the realisation of the vision requires Malawians who think differently to come up with new and innovative ways of doing things.
“We have embarked on the Innovation mapping and documentation exercise to establish who is doing what and where so that we help them on how to improve their innovations.
“We believe that if the innovators are well supported, they could help to propel Malawi’s economic development,” Chingota said.
He said, through the exercise, NCST would like to establish whether innovations are ready for the market.
“Through this exercise, the technology transfer office (TTO) at NCST will identify technologies and innovations that have scalable social and economic impact on the community and will endeavour to support the innovators to add value, protect and commercialise the innovations through various means,” he said
On Thursday, NCST visited Zach Mwale of Lilongwe’s Area 18 while, on Friday, the team visited Thomas Damasso of Mponera in Dowa.
Damasso underscored the need for authorities to provide a platform through which innovators could display their innovations for all Malawians to see.
Damasso added Malawi needs to celebrate its innovative minds as one way of encouraging them to do more.
“With Malawi promoting the Buy Malawi Strategy, there is a need to encourage innovators to think of ways of how Malawi could make more products with little effort, Damasso said.