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Embrace technological advancement: Speaker

By Daniel Chigundu

Speaker of the National Assembly Jacob Mudenda says Zimbabwe must embrace industrial technology if it entertains hopes of competing in the African Continental Free Trade Area (ACFTA).

Owing to the lack of funds on the market for retooling, most companies in the country are using old equipment which often breaks and is expensive to operate.

Various economists have pointed out these old technologies as the reason why locally manufactured goods are not able to compete in the local market with imports in terms of prices.

Giving a keynote address at an awareness workshop on ACFTA organised for legislators, Honourable Mudenda said Zimbabwe must follow the example of China.

“In the qualitative production of goods and services Zimbabwe must embrace industrial-technological advancement that is what the Chinese did in the last 40 years.

“Our universities have to accelerate the application of innovative hubs that will drive our industry towards the use of appropriate technology so that the country can manufacture high-quality products for trade within the ACFTA and beyond.

“MIT in America is coming up with appropriate technology applicable to industry so why can we not have our own MITs in Zimbabwe with these hosts of professors and doctor so and so?

Speaking at the same occasion SAPST executive director John Makamure called for the urgent ratification of the ACFTA Treaty and also domestication by Parliament.

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Daniel Chigundu

Daniel Chigundu is a male journalist in Zimbabwe and has been practising since September 2009. He writes for The Business Connect (newspaper) in Harare, has his own news website Tourism Focus which is biased towards the tourism sector. Daniel is also working with Magamba Network on their project called Open Parliament where they do live coverage of Parliamentary activities on Twitter and Facebook. He is currently the secretary general of the Zimbabwe Parliamentary Journalists Forum, is a member of Zimbabwe Small Broadcasters Association. He holds a Diploma in Communication and Journalism from the Christian College of Southern Africa (CCOSA), a certificate in Youth leadership training from the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (FES), a certificate in Citizen Journalism from Magamba Network and is currently a first-year student at Zimbabwe Open University studying for a Bachelor of Arts Honours in Ethics and Organisational Leadership.

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