Govt Challenges ICT suppliers on Advocacy

Government has urged the ICT Suppliers Association of Zimbabwe (ICTSAZ) to be more aggressive when it comes to advocating for issues they need addressed.

The ICT Suppliers Association is a body that represents suppliers of all ICT products.  It has a prime objective of promoting consistent standards of professionalism and services in the information technology industry. 

By Kudakwashe Pembere

Addressing members of the association at the ICTSAZ breakfast meeting and AGM, ICT, Postal and Courier Services Permanent Secretary Engineer Sam Kundishora decried the lacking fervour of lobbying and advocacy.

“We also have noticed over the years that the association in its activities and portfolio of the focus areas there are issues to do with advocacy. And as we have noticed

Attendants at the ICT Suppliers Association of Zimbabwe Breakfast meeting and AGM

that advocacy is a role which you play, we however bemoan absence of documents coming in to the ministry advocating for something,” he said.

“The advocacy role is actually weak on your side. You need to up your game in that one. You need to scan the terrain and observe what needs to be done and observe the shortcomings from government and even from elsewhere and then take an advocacy role.

“We are there to facilitate, we stand ready to work with you and facilitate. So in our partnership chair. The advocacy role you need to work hard on that. I believe in future you beef up on the advocacy,” said Eng Kunduishora.

 

The ICTSAZ chairperson Simon Nyamuda said they wanted the State Procurement Board to address some of the challenges they face such as capital issues, tenders adjudication and others.

“We wanted them to appraise industry on the changes that have taken place. To equip the industry better. To share input on some of the challenges that the industry are facing and the best way to mitigate those challenges,” he said.

 

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