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Zim ICT Minister Commends Huawei Generative AI Data Centre ln Barcelona

THE Minister of Information Communication Technology, Postal and Courier Services, Dr Tatenda Mavetera who toured the Huawei Exhibition Hall, the largest at the congress, acknowledged Huawei’s significant role in improving Zimbabwe’s telecommunications infrastructure. She commended the company for its technology and larger facilities, which have helped expand the country’s capacity.

Huawei’s system also supports the transmission and network functions, working as an extension to Zimbabwe’s existing infrastructure.

The Minister expressed interest in exploring opportunities for Zimbabwean companies to access Huawei’s resources at reasonable prices through bulk purchasing, which could potentially result in discounts.

Dr Mavetera expressed excitement about Huawei’s Generative AI data centre and emphasised the importance of developing software, including AI and quantum computing, to stay at the forefront of technology. She emphasised the need for reliable storage facilities and highlighted the Government’s efforts to establish a Government cloud and digitise all Government departments.

“These initiatives aim to enhance service delivery and improve efficiency,” she said.

Dr Mavetera stressed efforts to ensure that Zimbabwean companies remain competitive in the rapidly evolving information communication technology sector. She expressed confidence that significant progress will be made before the end of the year.

On the Mobile World Congress which ends tomorrow, Dr Mavetera expressed her excitement at attending the event and highlighted the importance of adopting new technologies to achieve Zimbabwe’s digital transformation goals by 2030.

“There is a need to bridge the digital divide in Zimbabwe and increase the rate of Internet penetration. There is also a need for an increase in smartphone uptake and the availability of affordable devices,” she said.

The Minister mentioned the existence of a local company called Sitcom, which manufactures and assembles smart gadgets in Zimbabwe. She emphasised the need to recapitalise the company and explore ways to make cheap devices accessible to Zimbabweans.

It is also important that we should capacitate the national data centre to provide efficient and affordable cloud computing services,” she said.

Dr Mavetera also highlighted the need to ensure reliable networks and explore hybrid systems to improve connectivity and promote sustainability.

She reaffirmed Government’s commitment to protecting the privacy of citizens’ personal information and encouraged collaboration to develop best practices for data protection.

The Minister acknowledged the lack of proactive efforts by telecoms companies to lay fibre in rural areas, hindering connectivity for the population.

“I want to stress the importance of finding innovative ways to connect the unconnected and ensure efficient and reliable connectivity throughout Zimbabwe.”

Highlighting Government’s commitment to attracting technology companies to invest in Zimbabwe, the Minister stressed the need for a whole-of-Government approach and collaboration with various ministries to address limitations that may deter companies from investing in the country.

She also emphasised the importance of customised programmes and proposals for telecoms operators in order to encourage investment in Zimbabwe.

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