Govt launches 10 ICT hubs in Midlands province

By Tafara Chikumira

THE Government has launched 10 Information Communication Technology (ICT) hubs in the Midlands province as the country marches towards a digital economy.

The blitz witnessed the commissioning of ICT labs at schools and Public Finance Management Kiosks (PFMK) at government institutions which are meant to ensure accountability in government departments.

The government says it has embarked on deliberate efforts to ensure the vision of a digital society becomes a reality in line with the National Development Strategy 1.

“Our core business is to ensure that we connect the unconnected. Our Ministry fully facilitates ubiquitous connectivity through the provision of infrastructure and support systems,” said minister Muswere.

“The success of any nation is founded on the skills and knowledge of that nation’s people. As the world evolves and transitions towards the ICT based 4th industrial revolution it is implicit that the nations that will succeed will be those nations with a wide ICT knowledge base. The equipping of schools with ICT infrastructure is thus an important foundation to ensure that Zimbabwe will fully be part of the 4th industrial revolution.”

Dr Gift Machengete, POTRAZ Director-General also graced the occasion.

“Our world is evolving and doing so in a spectacular fashion. It is time we learn how to use technology for in the near future, our lives will depend on it. No one has to be left behind in this development trajectory. We need to move forward. We need them in the places left for development purposes,” he said.

“I am told that at Mapanzure shopping centre there is no Community information centre. I can assure you that in a few months we will be coming to open one. We want every place to be technologically connected.”

Beneficiaries of the programme commended the government for coming to their rescue as they anticipate positive development from the initiative.

In 2018, President Emmerson Mnangagwa launched the ICT policy which provided strategic direction for sustainable economic growth through systematic and coordinated use of ICTs, while ensuring that every Zimbabwean is taken on board in the digital society.