Zimbabwe is seeking Canadian Government’s expertise on coming up with clear-cut e-Government platform, a government official has said.
Speaking to journalists after a courtesy visit from Canadian Ambassador to Zimbabwe Rene Cremonese, ICT and Cyber Security minister Supa Mandiwanzira said they are willing to learn from Canada on how to come up with an effective e-Government framework.
“Canada is a highly developed country. They have gone through various phases of ICT development. First, we have been given the responsibility of e-Government and to just coordinate the whole project of e-Government we need to be very clear in our minds on how to do so.
“Most governments have gone through various experiences because we have individual ministries that have their own priorities and other ministries that might not be motivated as others in terms of implementing ICT initiatives.
“So Canada has gone through various phases of that in order to have a very coherent e-Government platform. We want to learn. The Ambassador has offered some literature of what the Canadian government has been able to do. We believe we can learn from there,” he said.
The minister added that Zimbabwean innovators could benefit on Canadian IT exchange programmes.
“Secondly, I think Canada has equally great institutions in terms of ICT learning and we hope we can collaborate in that regard. We have started an initiative here, the innovation drive where we are promoting innovations by our own people. We believe that we can tie up the innovators and the institutions that are promoting innovations with the institutions in Canada and learn more tricks on the products they will be developing,” said Mandiwanzira.
The Canadian government is willing to give Zimbabwe a hand in terms of ICT development.
“Canada is highly developed in terms of ICT and Im hoping that through the discussions with the minister and a better understanding of projects and requirements for Zimbabwe that I will be able to give information to Canadian companies who might be interested in doing business in Zimbabwe,” Ambassador Cremonese said,