Potraz launches Matabeleland North information centre
By Staff reporter | 25 Jul 2020 at 20:44hrs
POSTAL and Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of Zimbabwe (Potraz) yesterday launched a community information centre (CIC) in Matabeleland North Province in efforts to improve access to information and Internet connectivity in the community.
Speaking during the launch of the CIC, Potraz director-general Gift Machengete said the objective of the newly-established CIC, called the Chinotimba CIC was to create a place where the community could access and use ICTs to promote their businesses, advance their education and improve their livelihoods.
"Like all the other CICs, Chinotimba CIC provides basic electronic services such as Internet surfing, electronic mail service, printing, scanning, photocopying and document binding for your convenience.
"All these efforts are aimed at ensuring that the people who reside in remote areas of our country are not excluded from the information age by making it easier for them to access ICTs and in order to upgrade their quality of life to the same level as their urban counterparts," Machengete said.
He further revealed that the Chinotimba CIC was one of the 146 centres established in the 10 provinces of Zimbabwe.
Speaking during the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) Forum held online recently, ICT minister Jenfan Muswere said there was a need for governments to have an understanding of digital technologies and how they can be used to advance economic development.
"Covid-19 has shown how glaringly most countries were not ready for digital trade, as there were serious outcries and in some cases demonstrations, for people to access physically, what could have been accessed online, during the Covid-19 related lockdowns. It is therefore incumbent upon governments to foster innovation hubs and bring together universities, laboratories, start-ups and large businesses, to innovate for the good of the economy and development," Muswere said.