ZIMBABWE has embarked on an ambitious Information Communication Technology programme aimed at transforming the nation into the knowledgeable societies in Africa, a Cabinet minister has said. Information Communication Technology Minister Nelson Chamisa said the review of the country’s ICT policy would ensure that the nation had been transformed to maintain its
standards as Africa’s best nation with highest literacy.
For two consecutive years, the United Nations has voted Zimbabwe the best nation in Africa with the highest literacy followed by Tunisia, Egypt and Kenya while Africa’s biggest economy South Africa was number 38.
In an interview with CAJ News, Minister Chamisa said his ministry had unveiled a raft of initiatives aimed at achieving that goal.
Minister Chamisa said some of the initiatives being carried out by the ICT ministry included upgrading the literacy rate above 90 percent with a series of training awareness programmes and road shows.
“ICT has a great potential for contributing to our GDP as an enabler. We are consulting all experts in the sector and key Government departments to ensure that we come up with a holistic helicopter approach to the ICT ministry which boasts economic growth while at the same time empowering our people,” he said.
Minister Chamisa said there were also plans to promote competency in the use of ICT tools as well as familiarising the community with relevant technology.
“Other initiatives which are being employed include providing capacity building to other Government-line ministries so that they can be competent in ICT issues, promotion of an e-government framework and build a robust ICT industry in Zimbabwe,” he said.
Minister Chamisa said his ministry would roll out information kiosks at growth points, towns and cities to ensure that the Government’s goals and objectives were achieved.
“ICT in business is important as it improves the business complexity and function as well as improve production,” the minister said.
In the last two decades most of Africa has leapfrogged the communication infrastructure divide from having no telephones to having widespread cellular networks.
This has allowed people to make secure transactions and secure small business loans.
One main cause of poverty is said to be isolation from the rest of the global community.
Access to the Internet and mobile networks has allowed impoverished nations across the world to network and find solutions since the world has become a global village. — CAJ News.