Zimbabwe – India ICT Conference Officially Launched

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Minister of Information Communication Technology and Courier Services, Honorable Kazembe Kazembe has officially launched the inaugural Zimbabwe – India ICT Conference yesterday at the Harare International Conference Centre. This launch comes after the President ED Mnangagwa launched the country’s Information Communication Technology Policy to guide Zimbabwe’s economic development through a coordinated use of ICTs earlier this year.

Minister Kazembe Kazembe applauded the South Asian giant, India for coming to invest in Zimbabwe at such an opportune time, when the government has openly declared it is ready for business with other countries from different parts of the world.

Addressing delegates at the conference running under the theme “Zimbabwe-India Bridging the Digital Divide”, the Minister of ICT said India and Zimbabwe have a long history of close cooperation and the ongoing ICT synergy is part of their history of close cordial bilateral relations.

“This Conference provides yet another platform to create awareness regarding the opportunities, challenges and benefits derived from the adoption of ICTs in government and other critical sectors of the economy,” said Minister Kazembe.

The Minister of ICT called upon the Indian business community to come in their numbers and invest in Zimbabwe as the government is also making frantic efforts to capitalize on the vital role that ICTs play in national development and to bring ICT access to everyone in Zimbabwe.

Speaking to Technomag, one of the organisers of the conference, the Zimbabwe India Chamber of Commerce Chairman Mr N. Chitsinde commended India for technological progress and urged Zimbabwean companies to learn from their experience.

“India has made great strides in the areas of science and technology. This is because of the massive investments that it has made since its independence. This has seen it becoming one of the world’s leading economies under the BRICS banner, he said.

“ICT’s are now an essential part of almost every sector of the modern economy: from education, health, manufacturing and financial services. India offers a lot of scope for partnerships and collaboration in the rapidly growing ICT sector and a big opportunity to bridge the digital divide. As Zimbabwe India Chamber of Commerce, we stand ready to act as a catalyst in facilitating mutually beneficial relationships between our two countries,” added Mr Chitsinde.
Several experts from the financial services, cyber security, health and education sector gave presentations at the conference on how the ICTs have an impact in every facet of the economy.

The conference was jointly organised by the Ministry of Information Communication Technology and Courier Services in partnership with the Embassy of India in Zimbabwe, The Zimbabwe India Chamber of Commerce (ZICC) the Confederation of Indian Industries and Postal and Telecommunication Regulatory Authority of Zimbabwe.

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