By ZBC Reporter
GOVERNMENT says a digital economy is vital in propelling the country towards achieving objectives of the National Development Strategy One and attaining Vision 2030.
The Minister of Information Communication Technology, Postal and Courier Services, Dr Jenfan Muswere, who was speaking on the sidelines of the 7th TelOne Centre for Learning Graduation Ceremony in Harare this Wednesday, noted that adoption of the digital economy cannot be over-emphasised as the country pushes for the attainment of Vision 2030.
“When the President launched NDS1 he identified human capital development and digital economy as prioritise that are going to transform the macro-economic environment in this country. What you have just witnessed is a graduation ceremony of students who graduated in various disciplines speacialising in data analytics, digital marketing, software engineering, telecommunication engineering and computer science. These are part of the digital skills that the country requires in order to transform into a digital economy. What is happening is just the government’s commitment in terms of human capital development in developing battalion, brigades and armies of ITC experts which will then utilise these digital skills as we journey towards Vision 2030,” he said.
TelOne Managing Director Chipo Mtasa indicated that the state-owned telecommunications entity is committed to providing internet connectivity throughout the country.
“Our vision is to enable digitalisation of the economy by the year 2023, with that vision; it is a serious mandate to enable Zimbabwe to become a smart Zimbabwe. One major pillar is to improve basic connectivity for every citizen to the internet throughout the country, either through fibre,” said Mtasa.
A total of 200 students graduated with degrees and diplomas in areas such as data analytics, digital marketing, software engineering, telecommunication engineering and computer science.
Of these graduates, 30 percent are females.