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BIUST MILESTONE Drone assembly and testing centre to drive Botswana’s economic growth – VP

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Drone technology and its applications have proven to be game changers in many instances of technological innovation and scientific advancement.

This was recently highlighted by Vice President, Slumber Tsogwane at the official launch of the Drones Assembly and Testing Centre, held at Botswana International University of Science and Technology (BIUST), where the center is located.

Tsogwane said that the establishment of this state-of-the-art facility underscores the importance attached for public-private partnerships in driving technological innovation and economic growth in Botswana.

“This is a testimony of our commitment as a nation to advance technology and innovation in Botswana within the complex of academia and industry collaboration,” he said, adding that it was reassuring to anticipate that the establishment of the Centre had come at the very right time, “and I hold a strong opinion that it will go a long way in igniting a revolution of our economic and industrial pursuits as a nation.”

BEARING WITNESS: Several officials from across economy sectors including government were there at the launch

“By leveraging the latest advancements in drone technology and closely investigating its continuous improvement and adaptation to our local conditions and needs, we are creating a ripe platform to enhance economic productivity and sustainability in numerous sectors of our economy as well as providing invaluable opportunity for students and researchers to engage in cutting-edge research and hands on learning experiences,” said Tsogwane, emphasizing that the Government of Botswana associates with the imperative that propagates the need for the country to come in to support the initiatives of this nature.

He further applauded the university for this cause, saying that it was actually set up to drive transformative economic change in Botswana by breeding a critical mass of engineers and scientists. This he said would help to propel the country forward in the global marketplace of innovation, research and the production of cutting-edge products and services that can be consumed at home and abroad.

ACTING PRESIDENT: His Honour Slumber Tsogwane launched the facility on behalf of President Mokgweetsi Masisi

“To build a sustainable ecosystem of research development and research commercialization, it is only proper that we make efforts to bridge the gap between academic innovation and the ingenuity of the private sector,” he said.

He reiterated that he is confident that the Centre will further provide researchers with a perfect playground to excite their curiosity to access remote and inaccessible areas within vast geography. He said this will be beneficial in terms of studying wildlife patterns in national parks and game reserves to monitoring environmental changes across the different terrains of Botswana in difficult-to-reach locations, as drones would enable researchers to collect data and gather insights from areas that were previously inaccessible.

He further added that the drones and testing centre would aid and make Botswana more relevant in the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

“In general, the SDGs call upon countries of the world to ensure prosperity for all by eliminating poverty and hunger; by ensuring that there is good health and well-being for all humanity; for creating equal opportunities to quality education and by accelerating industrial development, innovation and the availability of functional infrastructure during our times,” said Tsogwane.

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