The Ministry of Information Communication Technology, Postal and Courier Services in partnership with network operators in Zimbabwe, is working on building base stations in the rural areas of the country to ease the challenge of network unavailability in these marginalised areas.
Minister Kazembe, who was the guest speaker at the commemorations of the World Telecommunication and Information Society Day in Gutu Mupandawana said network accessibility is key for any development to take place.
"It is up to us to ensure that the current wave of industrial revolution does not leave us behind. It is up to us to ensure that the digital divide is bridged and that the future is smart, smart agriculture, smart cities and smart communities," he said.
Postal and Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of Zimbabwe (POTRAZ) Director General, Dr Gift Machengete emphasised the need for inclusivity of poor people, young and people with special needs in ICTs.
"There should be as much focus on smart villages as is in smart cities. This is because leaving the rural unserved or underserved only widens the digital divide," said Dr Machengete.