‘Digital economy key to transforming livelihoods’ Minister Mavetera

Mthabisi Tshuma

Bulawayo Bureau

DEVELOPING a vibrant digital economy is at the heart of the Government’s transformation agenda as Zimbabwe leverages modern technology to positively impact people’s livelihoods in line with Vision 2030.

Information Communication Technology, Postal and Courier Services Minister, Dr Tatenda Mavetera, said this yesterday during the Zimbabwe International Trade Fair (ZITF) Digital Economy Conference in Bulawayo.

“The digital economy stands as a cornerstone of progress in the 21st century, driving innovation, creating opportunities, and revolutionising the way we conduct business and interact with the world.

“In the digital age, our economy is no longer bound by physical constraints. It is defined by the flow of information, the exchange of ideas, and the connectivity that binds us all,” said Minister Mavetera.

She was addressing delegates virtually, and stressed the Government’s commitment to spreading development equitably to all areas, adding that the digital economy will support the Second Republic’s mantra of leaving no one and no place behind.

“Our agenda is ambitious but achievable. We strive to leave no one and no place as championed by the President, His Excellency Dr ED Mnangagwa.

“We aim to bridge the digital divide, empower our citizens with digital literacy, and create a robust infrastructure that can support the ever-growing demands of the digital landscape,” said Dr Mavetera.

“As we delve into the depths of this digital era, it is imperative that we foster an environment that encourages creativity, ensures cybersecurity, and promotes inclusivity.

“Our gathering here marks a significant moment in our journey towards a future shaped by digital innovation and economic transformation. As we embark on this pivotal event, I am filled with a sense of optimism and enthusiasm for the transformative potential that lies within the digital sphere.

“I am acutely aware of the profound impact that technology and digitalization have on our societies, economies, and daily lives.”

The minister said the Digital Economy Conference serves as a platform to collectively explore the boundless possibilities that the digital economy offers.

“It is a forum for collaboration, learning, and the exchange of ideas that will shape the future of our nation and the global community.

“Together, we have the opportunity to harness the power of technology to address societal challenges, foster economic growth, and enhance the well-being of our citizens,” she said.

“We are committed to nurturing start-ups, supporting tech giants, and, most importantly, protecting the rights and privacy of our digital citizens. I urge each of you to engage in meaningful dialogue, to challenge conventional thinking, and to seek out innovative solutions to the complex issues we face in the digital age,” said

Dr Mavetera implored business leaders and communities to embrace the diversity of thought and expertise, saying through this diversity “we’ll unlock the full potential of the digital economy”.

“Let’s be guided by the principles of collaboration, innovation, and responsibility.

“Let us pledge to not only adapt to the changes brought about by the digital revolution but to lead the charge in defining its course,” said Dr Mavetera.

“As we navigate the ever-evolving landscape of technology and connectivity, let us remain steadfast in our commitment to inclusivity, accessibility, and ethical stewardship of digital resources.

“By doing so, we can ensure that the benefits of the digital economy are shared equitably and sustainably, leaving no one behind.

“I am confident that the discussions and collaborations that unfold during this conference will serve as catalysts for progress, driving us towards a future defined by technological innovation, economic prosperity, and societal advancement,” said Dr Mavetera.


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