Capacitation key for innovation


HARARE-Capacity building remains the cornerstone strategy of the Innovation Acceleration Centre, intersecting seamlessly with all its priority areas, particularly the SME & Entrepreneurship Growth.

 This was said by director general of the Postal and Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of Zimbabwe (POTRAZ), Dr Gift Machengete on Tuesday (March 12, 2024) during the training session for 40 innovators who were identified by POTRAZ through the Innovation Drive program.

The aim of the training was to help these innovators start and improve their businesses as the authority seeks to promote the sustainability of innovation projects.

“This training programme forms part of our strategy to stimulate economic growth and create job opportunities through innovation.

“This is not just an aspiration but a strategic blue print, highlighted by our initiatives such as the National Innovation Acceleration Centre, a hub for creativity and entrepreneurial success,” he said.

In addition, Dr Machengete said the Innovation Acceleration Centre acts as a vibrant ecosystem, accelerating digital entrepreneurship and fostering socio-economic inclusion.

“It is here that we align with the SIYB program, preparing our innovators with the skills for sustainable success,” said Dr Machengete.

He emphasized that the SIYB training program exemplifies a comprehensive strategy to equip innovators with the necessary skills to make meaningful contributions to the nation’s key priority areas and advance the mission of the Innovation Acceleration Centre.

Dr. Machengete highlighted that Zimbabwe is on the verge of a transformative journey, aiming to position the country as a global beacon of ICT innovation.

“We stand at the cusp of a transformative journey, aiming to position Zimbabwe as a beacon of ICT innovation, both regionally and globally,” he said.

He further emphasized that POTRAZ is playing its part in educational transformation by promoting the Innovation Drive Program and complementing the government’s “Education 5.0,” which places great emphasis on entrepreneurship and innovation.

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