President Mnangagwa commissions the Zimbabwe National Geospatial and Space Agency

Zimbabwe enters New Space Era [Image:courtesy]
Zimbabwe—The Zimbabwe National and Geographic Agency was established on July 26th, 2018, aiming to implement any geospatial space program in line with the policy determined in terms of the research Act and has officially been commissioned.

President Emmerson Mnangagwa yesterday did an official launching of the Zimbabwe Science Park and commissioned the building housing the Zimbabwe National Geospatial and Space Agency (ZNGSA), a game-changing facility that will enable the country to effectively manage its resources and predict natural hazards.

It is after Mnangagwa launched the ZNGSA in 2018 as part of the country’s efforts to leapfrog its development and catch up with other nations as Zimbabwe inches closer towards realizing Vision 2030 to become an upper-middle-class economy.

The ZNGSA is housed at the University of Zimbabwe and manned by the country’s young scientists who were benefiting from innovation hubs that were introduced by president Mnangagwa as part of Education 5.0, a concept which places higher institutions of learning as champions of modernization and industrialization.

ZNGSA will be deployed for earth observation satellite systems, unnamed aerial vehicles, geospatial and space technologies for better farming, mineral exploration, wildlife consecration, infrastructure management, and disease surveillance.

“The context of fast-changing national and global realities, the acceleration of science, technology, and innovation remains necessary for promoting sustainable development, building modernized economic system and promoting transformations across all sectors.

“In addition, science, technology, and innovation are an important catalyst to realize a high-quality life of our people.

“As such the setting up of the Zimbabwe National Geospatial and Space Agency Building and Science Park are important blocks for addressing these realities and achieving the outcomes set out in the National Development Strategy 1 and ultimately Vision 2030,” President Mnangagwa noted.

The NDS1 places innovation, science, and technology as the drivers of the country’s industrialization and modernization.