Zimbabwe has joined 25 other African countries in the Smart Africa Alliance as a member state, TechnoMag has learnt.
The announcement was made by Smart Africa director general Lacina Kone on Monday during the India-Africa ICT Expo 2019 that took place in Kigali Rwanda.
“I’m very delighted today to inform you that the Republic of Zimbabwe is the latest to join as the 26th member of the alliance.
“Please allow me to recognise Honourable Minister Kazembe Raymond, the Minister of ICT, Postal and Courier Services, who has played an instrumental role in joining the alliance,” he said.
The Smart Africa Secretariat went on and commended Zimbabwe for seizing the opportunity to bring Zimbabwe into the fold and collectively work to transform Africa into a single digital market. The Alliance says it also acknowledges the strides taken by Zimbabwe in developing the agriculture sector.
“The Smart Africa Secretariat would like to first express our deep appreciation for the tremendous accomplishment Zimbabwe has achieved in the Agriculture Sector,”
“In this regard, we would be honoured to see Zimbabwe championing the E-Agriculture flagship and/or any other potential flagship projects in our strategic Vision,” they said.
Some of the benefits of being a member state in the Alliance include access to the Smart Africa Scholarship Fund which seeks to support African students from the member States pursuing degrees and certifications at recognized ICT centres of excellence throughout Africa.
Smart Africa is a bold and innovative commitment from African Heads of State and Government to accelerate sustainable socio-economic development on the continent, ushering Africa into a knowledge economy through affordable access to broadband and usage of ICTs.