Research key to economic development � BITRI

Botswana Institute for Technology Research and Innovation (BITRI) chief executive officer, Nelson Torto, says research is vital to the development of Botswana.

When addressing the media yesterday, Torto noted that research could render relevant information that could be used in different areas of the country’s economic development.  He further said providing relevant information could provide sustainable innovative solutions.

“We usually send teams to villages to conduct research, get public concerns, as we believe everyone can provide valuable information that we need irregardless of his financial status. “The priority thematic research areas are technologies which are based on electronics, energy and ICT as well as natural resources and materials which include environment and climate change, materials and water,” he said.To further their research capability, BITRI has introduced a group called ICT Associate programme, which has enrolled 20 ICT interns on a two year duration.

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