Zimbabwe targets becoming a digital economy by 2030

By Staff reporter | 02 Dec 2018 at 19:04hrs
Kazembe Kazembe
Zimbabwe is expected to become a digital economy by 2030 and efforts are on course to put in place the necessary infrastructure and an enabling environment that will make it possible to achieve the feat.

Numerous projects that will facilitate the achievement of technology development goals are to be implemented by the Postal and Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of Zimbabwe (POTRAZ) in phases beginning next year.

A budget of $3,5 billion has been projected for the tasks set out by POTRAZ.

The idea is to achieve an industrial technology revolution, which would spur economic growth and culminate in a fully fledged digitised economy.

The Minister of Information Communication Technology (ICT), Postal and Courier Services, Kazembe Kazembe said modern life and productivity are interlinked to ICT, hence technology is no longer an option but a lifeblood of development.

He was officiating at a retreat in Kadoma for legislators who are in the ICT parliamentary portfolio committee.

POTRAZ Director General, Dr Gift Machengete said the regulatory authority requires financial support and called for the speedy promulgation of legislation that will bring confidence in the ICT sector.

Chairperson of the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on ICT, Postal and Courier Services, Honourable Charlton Hwende underscored the role of ICT as an enabler for the achievement of sustainable development goals (SDGs) and as a catalyst for poverty reduction.

At the retreat, it was revealed that consultations with the public will soon be conducted on the proposed cyber security bill.

Meanwhile, POTRAZ took its consumer awareness campaign to another level through a road show hosted by ZBC's Radio Zimbabwe.

The show was hosted at Rumwe business centre in Kadoma where fans had a chance to interface with their favourite presenters.

Presenters and POTRAZ also took occasion during the road show to educate consumers of telecommunication products on their rights and the channels to follow when they feel short changed by service providers.



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