Speaking during the handing over the event in Dar es Salaam yesterday, Deputy Minister for Education, Science and Technology, Dr Omary Kipanga said that the government was determined to develop a tech-related nation by creating an enabling environment to spur the development of innovative projects, improving individual income and the nation’s economy.
“In considering this, the government has increased the innovation budget from 3bn in the 2021/22 fiscal year to 9bn/- in the current financial year, something which shows it is committed to stimulating the development of tech-based projects for the country’s development. This helps address the employment crisis and improve individual income,” he said.
He noted that Tanzania's ambition of becoming an industrialized country by 2025 needs to drive technological innovations but also ensure the youth have access to quality education that will produce well-educated citizens and an adequate supply of human capital.
He commended those who benefited from the funds saying that he said that the government will support and develop the innovators to excel more and achieve their dreams.
Dr Kipanga further commended support from the Swedish International Development Agency (Sida) which provided 400m/- with the government dishing out 700m/-.
COSTECH director general, Amos Nungu said the MAKISATU is an annual event with the objectives of identifying, strengthening, celebrating and developing the innovation spirit among Tanzanians.
This year, it has been conducted through a category of levels starting with innovators from secondary schools, the informal sector, vocational colleges, Technical (tertiary) colleges, universities and Research and development institutions.
He also emphasized that for any country in the world to be able to make progress, it has to depend heavily on the contribution of science, technology and innovation.
The DG encouraged the innovators to come up with more innovative solutions that will address challenges in society.
He said the 13 beneficiaries were evaluated based on various criteria including the originality, the rate of innovation, the impact on community development, the science behind it, usability on community, and cost of production among others.
Nungu further said that the commission is collaborating with Clouds Media Group (CMG) to implement the “Lianzishe programme” which aims to identify innovations across the country through the Fiesta festivals where some winners who have been announced will be supported to develop their projects.
MAKISATU competition was launched in 2019 as one of the ministry’s strategies to identify and develop innovations made by Tanzanians and encourage the use of Science, Technology and Innovation in social and economic activities that will support the development of the industrial economy.