President Mnangagwa tours ICT devices factory

By ZBC Reporter
PRESIDENT Emmerson Mnangagwa this Thursday made a familiarisation tour of the Zimbabwe Technology Company’s (ZITCO) Information and Communications Technology (ICT) devices factory in Harare.
ZITCO is assembling a maximum of 150 000 laptops and desktops per year at the plant which is located in Msasa.
President Mnangagwa who was accompanied by Vice President, Retired General Dr Constantino Chiwenga, cabinet ministers, Professor Mthuli Ncube, Sekai Nzenza and Professor Amon Murwira among other dignitaries pledged to support the initiative by ZITCO.
“We have young people working on latest technologies these young boys and girls here, and we always see this being done in developed economies and now it is here in Zimbabwe, in Msasa, this is fantastic and this is what we want and this is the way to go,” he said.
“Let me assure you that the Second Republic will support you and the ball is now in your court now that I know what is happening here.”
“This is the only way to go. ICT is the way to go. We need to modernise our economy, we need to catch up with the rest of the world, the developing world and the developed world as well. We need to access technology from those countries who are willing to engage and cooperate with us and China is one such country. Fortunately the Minister of Finance, Professor Ncube is here, Professor, this is where you should put your money because as this entity grows, it will deal with the domestic market and ICT in the future and extend the market and bring the hard currency we need. For them to do so they need initially to be supported by us and I promise that I will make sure whatever you want and he doesn’t deliver come to me because we have young people doing this latest technology. 
Engineer Jeremiah Munembe, the project’s Executive for TelOne said ZITCO is working in partnership with various stakeholders in the ICT assembly plant.
“We are in partnership with various stakeholders into this ICT assembly plant and it is a brainchild of His Excellency President Mnangagwa and we got this plant through the Office of the President and Cabinet and we are looking at assembling desktops, laptops, tablets and other ICT devices in this factory,” said Engineer Munembe.
“The benefits of that is import substitution as we will spend less in importing components and we will also be able to empower and create employment not only with this plant but downstream industries. We are also looking at opportunities where we will work with other SME’s and even innovation companies in terms of software, components even the steel, plastics and quite a number of components that get in the ICT devices that can be made here in Zimbabwe”.