DAR-ES-SALAAM-- The Tanzanian government is committed to support building the country's research capacity, says Industry, Trade and Investment Minister Charles Mwijage.

Speaking when officiated at the launch of the Fourth Research Week of the University of Dar-es-Salaam here Wednesday, he added: "The government will need to invest heavily in research and development (R&D) if it is to seize the high-calibre opportunities available for the country's growth."

He said the research community was the engine of health growth, informing policy makers and serving as a pool for human resource development. In another development, the minister called on all universities in Tanzania to share research findings with the public like the University of Dar-es-Salaam (UDSM).

Mwijage said this would increase university-industry relations and attract more funding, opening opportunities for collaboration within and outside the country. This is also the way to stimulate the minds of the young generation to value research and pursue careers in research in the future, he noted.

With the theme 'Advancing Research and Innovation for Sustainable Utilisation of National Resources', Mr Mwijage said the theme is captivating at this moment as the country pushes for industrialisation drive.

Earlier, the Vice-Chancellor of the University, Prof William Anangisye said that it is through research that the university makes informed and smart decisions for the development of the nation and human kind.