Minister of Information Communication Technology, Postal and Courier Services Jenfan Muswere recently commissioned two base stations in Masvingo Province.
The two base stations financially supported by government owned telecommunications company NetOne are located at Masvingo 4 Brigade and Makhanani in Chiredzi District – almost 200km from Chiredzi Town.
The initiave is part of the government’s mandate to bridge the digital gap between the rural and urban people and also achieving a digital economy by 2025.
Speaking during the official commissioning of the Masvingo 4 Brigade base station named after former army General, the late Gava Musungwa Zvinavashe Thursday, Minister Muswere said that his ministry’s resolve is to create an enabling environment for a digital economy.
“The Zimbabwean government’s Vision 2030 embeds Information and Communication Technology (ICT) across all national development strategies as an enabling tool for development, targeting to increase investment in ICT development to enable universal access by 2030.”
Muswere added that the world is being driven by innovation, information and communication technologies, as such ICTs have become key fundamentals in the attainment of Zimbabwe’s Vision 2030, and becoming an upper middle-income economy.
” The role of players such as Potraz and NetOne is critical towards attaining a prosperous and empowered upper middle-income society by 2030. The need for economies to pursue a digital transformation agenda has become ever more vital. The digital economy is stated as an important national priority underpinning the strategy for the period 2021 to 2025, as we strive to be part of the upper-middle income society by 2030,” he added.
In a speech read on his behalf by deputy Minister Puti during the vitual commissioning of the Makhanani Base Station in Chiredzi, Minister Muswere said that his ministry’s primary aim is to transform Zimbabwe through use of information and communication technologies into a knowledge based society so as to enhance the country’s competitiveness in the world in order to stimulate and sustain economic growth.
“The Makhanani Base Station will create an enabling environment for creation of an e-knowledge based society that transgresses across all levels of society. It will also create access to the digital world for the previously unconnected areas of Chiredzi District,” Muswere said.
Meanwhile, the honourable Minister was on an overdrive mission as he also commissioned 10 ICT laboratories, two public finance management kiosks and Chiredzi Community Information Centre in the same province.