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Zambia’s Technology Ministry Calls for Increased Investment in Education and Research

The Minister of Technology and Science, Felix Mutati, has called for significant investments in education, research, and development to nurture the next generation of innovators and leaders. 

Speaking at the Adapt 4.0 Summit, Awards, and Book Launch for Isaac Pomboloka on Sunday, Minister Mutati emphasized the importance of encouraging young innovators to explore and experiment to push the boundaries of what is possible.

In a speech delivered by Assistant Director for Technology and Science, John Chongo, on his behalf, Minister Mutati underscored the pivotal role of innovation in driving future success. 

“The future belongs to those who are willing to adapt and innovate,” Mutati stated, “and it is our responsibility to provide the tools and opportunities necessary for the next generation to succeed.”

The Ministry of Technology and Science is committed to fostering an environment where innovation can flourish. “Our goal is to create a landscape where ideas can be transformed into solutions that drive economic growth, improve quality of life, and address the pressing challenges of our time. We must support and nurture our talent, provide access to the latest technologies, and create opportunities for collaboration and growth,” Mutati added.

During the event, Minister Mutati also commended Isaac Pomboloka, an award-winning author and digital health specialist, for his remarkable achievements. 

Pomboloka’s journey from a small village in Matipa to becoming a multi-award-winning author, speaker, Mandela Washington Fellow, and influential digital health specialist is a testament to the power of determination and vision.

“I once witnessed Isaac receive an award as Africa Healthcare Rising Star in 2022 during the Zenith Global Health Summit. Your journey from a small village in Matipa to becoming a multi-award-winning author, speaker, Mandela Washington Fellow, and digital health specialist who has made a significant impact in our country and on global stages is truly inspiring,” said Mutati.

Isaac’s story, noted the Minister, exemplifies the essence of adaptation and serves as a powerful reminder that people can achieve greatness regardless of their beginnings. 

His success underscores the importance of investing in education and research to unlock the potential of young innovators.

The Adapt 4.0 Summit, which focused on the integration of digital technologies and innovation, provided a platform for stakeholders to discuss strategies for advancing education and research. 

The event also highlighted the importance of collaboration between government, academia, and the private sector in driving technological advancement.

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