DAR ES SALAAM, Tanzanian Vice President Samia Suluhu Hassan has underscored the need for applied research findings to be used to develop quality standards in nurturing industrialization for economic transformation and human development in Africa.

Suluhu made the call at the opening session of a conference on Applied Research in Africa (ARCA) under the theme, Standardization for Sustainable Development in Africa: The Role of Researchers.

This theme acknowledges standardization as key to unlocking the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). It is through standards that the goals are translated into action.

To develop standards that are in turn used to attain the development goals, research is inevitable, the VP said, in a speech read on her behalf by the deputy minister of State in the Prime Minister's Office (Labour, Employment and Youth), Anthony Mavunde.

She said it was vital that to embark on a journey to implement the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development with a sense of opportunity and purpose based on accurate information gathered through research.

This is a critical conference to Tanzania that has placed a great emphasis on nurturing industrialisation for economic transformation and human development, it is therefore crucial for any researcher to try and find answers to questions, she insisted.

She added: it seems mandatory to stimulate development-oriented and development-relevant research that tries to deal with issues that developing countries are facing at the moment.

However, she added that, in practice, academic research typically seems to have little influence on policy and development and when it does, it's far more complex because the systems for incentives and evaluating academic researchers are largely incompatible with practitioners' needs.

I don't mean to under-rate the contribution of academics to our development efforts over the years. I only want to build a case for better use of research as a pathway in driving development so that we can develop our countries wherever we are. In this way, you should make an effort to contribute to research about and for development, the VP stressed.

She also called for research to shape the policy agenda and guide or inform development actors rather than keeping locked in academic papers and other research outputs.

Earlier, Chairman of the ARCA Scientific Committee, Prof Joseph N. Mojekwu said there were several efforts towards standardizing methods for carrying out scientific researches as a measure to sustain development across the globe.

He said the conference theme was timely, and that it would create a good platform where scholars and practitioners in Africa could share and contribute significantly to wide range of knowledge to sustain emerging development in African society.