The Malawi Confederation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry (MCCCI) has said the second National Science and Technology Fair will help to promote players in the sector to advance science and technology in economic activities.
The fair, which will be held in collaboration with National Commission for Science and Technology (NCST), already has 17 confirmed pavilions with participants from different organisations, schools and other service providers.
Speaking at a news briefing on Tuesday, MCCCI public, private dialogue manager Hope Chavula said they have organised the fair to give researchers, technologists and innovators an opportunity to showcase their innovations.
â€œThe fair will also provide a means to lobby authorities to take science and technology as key for the development of this country as science and technology requires a lot of investment. The speed of the economic recovery depends on how advanced the country is in the development of science and technology,â€ said Chavula.
He said they expect the fair to stimulate individuals, firms and government to consider science and technology as critical for economic development.
â€œThe fair will trigger, among others, the need to invest in human resources training and development to make them scientifically literate and educate a diverse labour force, necessary public resources that provide the appropriate enabling environment for strong knowledge institutions. If policies allow investments in technology, they provide a conducive environment for science and technological development,â€ he said.
The exhibitions will be held at Chichiri Trade Fair Grounds from October 25 to 27 under the theme â€˜Science and technology: Catalyst for industrialisation.â€™