Like Wine, they seem to get better with time as one of the youngest Minister in Zimbabwe, Jenfan Muswere has kicked off 2022 on a high note, with a mission to connect the unconnected and digitising Zimbabwe at a much faster pace.
The once camera shy minister of Information Communication Technology, Postal and Courier Services Jenfan Muswere has proved to be one of the busiest ministers at the moment after he commisioned 12 ICT laboratories, one data centre, three Public Finance Management Kiosks, two base stations and one Community Information Centre in two provinces within a space of three days.
The initiative which is in line with government’s mandate to achieve a digital economy by 2025 and an upper middle class economy by 2030 saw 12 schools mainly from the high density suburbs benefitting as the government aims to bridge the digital gap between the connected and the unconnected communities.
The beneficiary schools include Waterford and Emakhandeni primary schools in Bulawayo, Mucheke High, Vuromo primary, Rujeko primary, Ndarama High, Victoria Primary and High schools, Kapota school of blind, Masvingo Day Schools and Shingai primary school in Chiredzi, Masvingo Province.
During his commissioning speeches Minister Muswere said that the laboritaries will incubate and create the next generation of ICT giants from the beneficiary communities.
“For developing countries like Zimbabwe, ICTs are seen not only as providing new impetus for sustainable growth but are also a prerequisite to participate in the information and knowledge society.
” As the world drives towards the fourth industrial revolution, innovation, information and communication technologies (ICTs), have become indispensable to our daily lives.
” Zimbabwe cannot achieve its goals without investing significant financial and human capital resources in innovation and ICT.
” These investments will steer the march towards the digital future that will transform Chiredzi into a technical hub, raising the community’s competitiveness and align the country in line with vision 2030’s ICT goals,” Muswere said.
The youthful minister added that a community that does not innovate cannot stay relevant in today’s fast-changing world of big data, the internet of things, and artificial intelligence, among other emerging technologies.
He also pledged to bring connectivity to the under-served communities.
“Zimbabwe’s future is digital. The Ministry of ICT’s campaign promises to revolutionize government services and bring connectivity to under-served communities. The Zimbabwe is Open for Business mantra, combined with world-class engineering talent, makes this country a top investment and manufacturing destination for the telecommunication and ICT sector.”
The programme also saw Muswere commissioning the second Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe data centre in Bulawayo, three Public Finance Management Kiosks at Elangeni Training centre in Bulawayo, Masvingo and Chiredzi district offices respectively.