By Bruce Chahwanda, Political Editor
PRESIDENT Emmerson Mnangagwa says construction of the Cyber City in Mt Hampden is part of government efforts to leapfrog the economy into the Information and Knowledge Age in line with the dictates of the Fourth Industrial Revolution.
He was speaking at the ground-breaking ceremony for the Cyber City in Mt Hampden this Wednesday.
The ground-breaking ceremony for the Cyber City is another Second Republic milestone as government continues on a high level infrastructure development drive.
President Emmerson Mnangagwa was shown the masterplan for the project which encompasses residential apartments, shopping malls and what will be the tallest building in Africa before breaking the ground and unveiling the plaque to pave way for commencement of civil works.
The President said Zimbabwe is part of the fourth industrial revolution through the deployment of technological innovations to shape the transition from a market economy to the knowledge economy.
“The fourth industrial revolution has focused global attention the deployment of technological innovations and digital transformations to shape the transition from the market economy to the knowledge economy.
“Fuelled by continuous improvements in ICTs and mobile internet infrastructure, as well as reduction of barriers due to technological, the world, as we know it, is fast changing. Hence, as a country, we are obligated to speedily adopt and adapt.
“This Cyber City, is thus, part of the efforts we are embarking on to help to leapfrog our economy into the information and knowledge age, in line with the dictates of the Fourth industrial revolution. Under my administration, we are determined to realise holistic development; Zimbabwe is on the move and will not be left behind,” he said.
The Cyber City investment is testimony to the success of the second republic’s engagement and re-engagement policy.
“This Cyber City is envisaged to be a key feature that will bring added value to the New City at Mount Hampden set to be developed on over 15 500 hectares of land. The anchor project for the New City, the New Parliament Building, has already been completed,” he said.
President Mnangagwa also paid tribute to the diaspora community for utilising their networks to lure huge investment inflows.
The President gave the Mulk Group deed of grant to 25 hectares of land for the construction of the Cyber City.
The Government has set aside Mount Hampden for the development of a smart city.