The Sunday Mail
Government will facilitate universal access to information and communication technologies (ICTs), to stimulate economic development and the attainment of an upper-middle-income economy by 2030, a Cabinet Minister has said.
Speaking in Wedza during the commissioning of the Chanakira base station on Wednesday, Information Communication Technology, Postal and Courier Services Minister Dr Jenfan Muswere, said the use of modern technology will drive development.
“His Excellency, President E.D. Mnangagwa in outlining Vision 2030, identified a digital economy as a priority and mandated our Ministry to facilitate universal access to ICTs by 2030.
“Our presence here today is thus in alignment with His Excellency’s vision,” he said.
“In the transport sector, they talk of a road as an economy; in the ICT sector we believe that a base station is an economy.
“Our mandate is to facilitate a digital economy by creating an enabling environment and ICT policies that facilitate the use of information and communication technology solutions, to improve the livelihoods of all Zimbabweans, regardless of location.”
The Chanakira base station is located in Ward 9, and will connect 12 000 people.
He said the base station will help improve e-learning, as well as the way the community does business with the rest of the country.
“The digital solutions provided, will facilitate e-learning for more than five schools, including an improved classroom management system.
“The community will also benefit from e-commerce activities through improved business connectivity and engagement both for Sanganayi and Chanakira business centres.
“Given the current contact-less Covid-19 environment, the enhanced communication channels will bring people closer.”