Yesterday all roads led to Chinhoyi while Zimbabwe`s leading Telecommunication players converged to commemorate the International World Telecommunication and Information Society (WTIS) Day where Honourable Webster Shamu , The ICT and Courier and Postal Services was the guest speaker .
The event which was being administered by the telecommunications regulator Potraz, attracted Government ministers, Politicians, Chinhoyi Mayor, Potraz New board members and managing directors of Telecommunications companies, who joined hundreds to march around the city in recognition of the day.
By Toneo Tonderai Rutsito
While giving his official remarks, the ICTPS minister Hon Webster Shamu says it is within government`s interests and plans to completely digitalize the critical services arms to offer efficient services to the nation.
“Why should it take more than 10 days for an applicant to get a passport in this digital age? It is within the ZimAsset to see that lives and service delivery are changed through the use of ICTs and government is moving from the paper society to digital one.” said the minister.
Honourable Shamu also castigated the current cat and mouse system with the Police officers and Kombi drivers and offered technology as a solution to solve these problems where a digital system should be implemented to track and identify criminal activities in our roads system and ticketing system directly delivered to the perpetrators.
He also commended the RBZ governor Mr John Mangudya for taking lead towards a paperless banking procedure.
“We need to move to digital systems where we shift the paper work from our offices into a digital system, the hospitals and the entertainment sector should move in to digitalise and aid efficiency and curb piracy.
We commend what the RBZ governor has already said towards moving towards a paperless banking procedure, the CBZ bank has already confirmed to be taking lead towards the digitalisation”, he added
Hon Webster Shamu also noted that government is working towards a technology centre for every province in Zimbabwe, Murombedzi will kick start the project as it is now ready for commissioning while Mapisa will come next and is almost ready too.
This he said is their mandate as the government to see that there shall not be any Zimbabwean Child with no formal technological training whether in rural areas or from any city.
The Potraz acting Director General Mr Alfred Marisa also added that as the regulator they will continue working towards the growth and establishment of telecommunication infrastructure around the nation.
The ITU area office Represantive Mrs A Simbonga also conveyed her message from the secretary general of ITU and thanked Zimbabwe for the support and commended the growth of ICTS in Zimbabwe. She also revealed that they are only four ITU offices across the African region and Zimbabwe hosts the ITU offices for sub sahara region.
Telcos and direct competitors showed unity of a purpose in supporting such an event, where prior to the event , they had spent the previous day together as well commemoration Girls in ICT an annual international event coincided in the same city too.
Telone, Liquid telecom, Powertel, Africom, Telecel, Econet, Netone were amongst the notable telecommunication players present at the event.
The Theme of this year convention was “Broadband for sustainable development “