While the Ministry of Finance is busy conniving with the central bank, RBZ to cheat the people of Zimbabwe on the immediate introduction of bond notes as if the decision makers in those offices have been smoking pot, their counterparts from the Ministry of ICT, Postal and Courier Services have been busy fighting a lone battle to equip their parastatals by organizing technical training for engineers from NetOne and TelOne.
By Cisco Eng. Shingie Lev Muringi
Despite receiving the lowest budget allocation from the treasury, the Ministry of ICT in conjunction with the Public Service Commission has been sending engineers from their telecommunications parastatals to have them equipped with the latest technologies to help the organizations in countering the latest technological trends in the market.
Through establishing cordial relations with Asian and other first world governments, the Ministry has send hundreds of engineers to India, China and Belgium to get technical training on the latest technologies affecting telecommunications development in Zimbabwe.
We managed to gather this refreshing success story from the Indian Embassy while speaking to the mission’s Consular. He revealed to us that a lot of training has been conducted to enhance NetOne and TelOne engineers with the latest technologies through the assistance from the Indian government via a technical program called the Indian Technical and Economic Cooperation (ITEC).
ITEC has been running for the past ten years through the sponsorship of the Indian government’s Ministry of External Affairs. Zimbabwe’s Ministry of ICT has however been able to establish warm relations with the Indian government’s technological institutes and went to facilitate the technical training of their parastatal personnel at a covered fully covered costs.
Through ITEC, the Ministry of ICT has handled the training of Zimbabwean engineers on different fields including Telecom Management, Communication and Web Design, Specialized Training Programme in Network Integration and Support, Specialized Programmes on Internetworking Design and Lan Wan Administration, Multi Protocol Label Switching (MPLS) Technologies, Next Generation Network Technologies and Future Trends, Optical Fiber Cable, Systems and Modern Telecom Transport Technologies among many other latest technological training programmes.
The Ministry has been handling all the logistics, including the application processes and identifying the fields in its parastatals where the latest technical is lacking. The saw hundreds of technicians receiving quality training from Indian Institutes such as the CENTRE FOR EXCELLENCE IN TELECOM TECHNOLOGY AND MANAGEMENT in Mumbai, UTL TECHNOLOGIES LTD in Bangalore, and CENTRE FOR DEVELOPMENT OF ADVANCED COMPUTING NOIDA in Noida.
Almost every year the Ministry of ICT has managed to organize the training of over 50 technicians in various fields. Engineers from NetOne and TelOne’s core networks, transmission and access networks have gone through those prestigious training programs and maybe this is the reason why we have seen these parastatals gaining competitive advantage in the previous years.
Most of these trainings last up to three months and the technicians who successfully complete the courses will receive certificates prior to passing the necessary exams. They will then return home where they are deployed in the relevant fields by the parastatals to showcase what they have learned.
Despite the Ministry of ICT making such remarkable progress, red tape has never spared them the hassles of getting cabinet approval so that those incumbents going for training will have all their paperwork in order. The traveling candidates are required to have their entry Visas before flying off and the Indian Embassy has always been facilitating the traveling logistics on time. The other requirement will be to facilitate Yellow Fever vaccination before leaving for India since the Indian authorities require such a medical certificate upon arrival.
To the Ministry of ICT, Postal and Courier Services current team of Hon. Minister Supa Mandiwanzira, the Deputy Minister Dr. Win Mlambo, The Permanent Secretary Eng. S. Kundishora and the Principal Director Mr C. Chigwamba, we say well done and keep it up.