AFRICAN governments have a large role to play in the proliferation of ICTs despite political ramifications they may face, a Zimbabwean cabinet official has said.
Speaking today while addressing the on-going AfricaCom Conference and Exhibition Event in Cape Town, South Africa, The Minister of Information, Communication and Technology, Postal and Courier Services Hon Supa Mandiwanzira said this
By Pearson Mbendera
“It is very important work and there is a lot that governments can do. We need governments to realize that they need to be part of the revolution and that the revolution is not going backwards, despite whatever political ramifications that comes with the adoption and encouragement of technology,” he said.
The minister underscored how the ICT revolution is changing the way people live their lives and how it has become and important aspect .
Having recently commissioned a new Community Information Center (CIC) in a Bulawayo suburb of Nkulumane, the minister lauded the efforts that the Zimbabwean government is making in ensuring that everyone particularly the youth have access to information through modern technology.
“In Zimbabwe we have recognized that it is an important aspect, first our president created a ministry that is focusing on the promotion and growth of ICT sector and the telecommunication sector in the country,” said Mandiwanzira. The event which marks the 20th anniversary of the AfricaCom events ends on November 9, 2017.
Dubbed the place to shape Africa’s digital Future, the AfricaCom 2017 calls upon Africa’s telecoms and technology giants for a three day, thought provoking conference where there will be a lot of amazing content and technology to revolutise the ICT sector.
Other speakers at the event include Huawei Technologies President of Southern Region, Li Peng, South African Minister of Telecommunications and Postal Services, Dr. Siyabonga Cwele, Ghana’s Minister of Communications Ursula Owusu-Ekuful and other business leaders.
This event promises a lot and we await to see what the minister will bring back to Zimbabwe. Already there are a lot of opportunities in the sector with Minister Mandiwanzira leading the charge having hosted a delegation from ZTE last week to discuss investment opportunities here in Zimbabwe for the global technology giant.