The Research Council of Zimbabwe has won the bid to host the 2020 Africa Regional Forum of the Global Research Council.

RCZ clinched the bid, ahead of 12 other African Science Granting Councils in hosting the annual regional forum.

RCZ Executive Director, Mrs Susan Muzite expressed delight at the development, saying this brings a recognition to Zimbabwe research efforts, and will be an opportunity for Zimbabwe to demonstrate commitment to both the regional and global research agenda.

Zimbabwe will co-host the event with Burkina Faso and Botswana.

“With Burkina Faso, Zimbabwe will have the opportunity to collaborate with Franco –phone Africa, – enhancing collaboration beyond the barriers of language. Botswana is our neighbour.  We have strong historic ties, manifest in our social and economic cooperation,” she said.

The event which had been slated for November 2020 in the Victoria Falls, has been re-scheduled to take place in November 2021 due to the emergence of the Coronavirus 2019 disease.

The Africa Regional Meeting of the Global Research Council is an annual meeting of research councils covering sub-Saharan Africa. Over 300 delegates converge for this meeting every year, to discuss issues in research policy, research management and contemporary research issues for Africa’s development.

The position of the Research Council of Zimbabwe has been strengthened through participation in the Science Granting Councils Initiative with funders including the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development (DFID), Canada’s International Development Research Centre (IDRC), South Africa’s National Research Foundation (NRF) and Germany’s  DFG, among others.


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