Maputo — Mozambican Prime Minister Aires Ali on Monday invited research and education institutions to contribute to the sustainable exploitation of natural resources, in order to improve the quality of life of the population.
He was speaking at the opening ceremony of the 10th Mozambican Science and Technology Exhibition in Maputo, which runs until Friday.
Ali noted that the exhibition is taking place at a time of major discoveries of mineral resources such as coal and natural gas, with a high potential for driving economic growth and raising living standards,
"But only scientific and technological knowledge can ensure that these resources are exploited in a sustainable manner, and are really transformed into wealth for Mozambicans", he said.
He also urged schools to organise visits by students to the exhibition, since "this is an opportunity for our young people to interact with Mozambican scientists, thus awakening an interest in pupils for science, technology and innovation".
Ali urged private businesses to exploit the results of scientific research and innovation, which he believed could make Mozambican companies more competitive.
There are 93 exhibitors, including research and education institutions, Mozambican governmental bodies, private companies, and innovators from all 11 provinces. There are also delegations from South Africa, Zambia and Malawi.
The exhibition is being held on the theme "Science, Technology and Innovation as the Prime Productive Force". Ali said the choice of this theme expresses very clearly the government's vision of the importance of scientific research, innovation and technological development as instruments supporting Mozambique's development programmes.
He added he was pleased to find that the exhibition displayed scientific and technological solutions for problems in areas such as agriculture, housing, education and the environment.
"This is a clear proof that the solutions to our development problems can and should be found within our research and education institutions, thus reaffirming our self-esteem as a country and as a people", Ali declared.