Finance Minister Felix Mutati
Finance Minister Felix Mutati

MINISTER of Finance Felix Mutati has challenged institutions of higher learning in the country to engage in value added research to achieve the goals of the Seventh National Development Plan (7NDP).

Mr Mutati said tertiary institutions are key to achieving Zambia’s industrialisation vision.

The minister was speaking in Kitwe yesterday during the 26th Copperbelt University (CBU) graduation ceremony.

“We need high impact value added research and innovation; this is what will drive the economy and also drives the tenets of the Seventh National Development Plan and helps us to accomplish Vision 2030.

“Let’s find solutions to how for example, we can lift the contribution of agriculture to the gross domestic product so that we can have a stable economy that continues to grow,” Mr Mutati said.

Mr Mutati urged CBU management to engage the private sector through various partnerships to reduce the funding deficit that the institution faces annually.

He said the institution should explore various opportunities that the private sector presents to address some its challenges.

And acting Minister of Higher Education Sylvia Chalikosa said Government will build about 3,000 additional bed spaces at the institution by 2020 to mitigate accommodation challenges students have continued facing.

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  1. Ba Minishta, you say “…Let’s find solutions to how for example, we can lift the contribution of agriculture to the gross domestic product so that we can have a stable economy that continues to grow…”
    Answer is simple, start WORKING for the benefit of PEOPLE and stop facilitating grand corruption.

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  2. This man is supposed to be Zambias Finance Minister !!!! And he says –

    “Mutati urged CBU management to engage the private sector through various partnerships to reduce the funding deficit that the institution faces annually…..” ????

    Mutati, YOU are the one supposed to be finding the money for this! That is what we pay TAXES for! Andf what you have borrowed US$ 30 BILLION for that WE will have to PAY BACK!

    Why is there a FUNDING DEFICIT ? Maybe you and your friend Lungu are wasting all this money on your TOURIST TRIPS instead of using it properly! Or just stealing it ??

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    • Mutati has lost ideals because IMF is hesitating to fund us due to too much corruption under pf government…lol

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  3. Hon Mutati asks the universities to be the key to industrialization them his example was to increase agriculture to improve the GDP He is always clutching at straws now asking the public to partner with the university to reduce the deficit. An he is the finsnce minister responsible for the nations finances and comes up with idea to partner with the public…
    Now i know why we are borrowing constantly

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  4. That’s why they want him out,even at university they know who to invite.Not those bootlickers who don’t finish a sentence without mentioning the name of the president.Ati commander in chief,super president,his excellence the royal highness Lungu.

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  5. I do agree our universities need to live to the expectations, if they don’t then they don’t have the reason to be called higher institutions of learning .
    We need have new inventions coming out , those which can propel the nation to greatness.
    For example our own mineral resources can be finished and value added in a new way that has never been there before.
    Sending raw materials abroad can be shameful, and just receiving finished products has robed us what belongs to us.

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  6. Progressive and relevant R & D is not cheap bwana Minister but necessary for national development and security.

    PLEASE FUND UNIVERSITY PROJECTS AND REWARD DESERVING STUDENTS, SIMPLE!!!

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