After years of marathon meetings towards the New ICT Policy draft, and the successive successful national consultations and validation of the ICT Policy spearheaded by the then ICT Minister Hon Nelson Chamisa, Zimbabwe had nothing but talk of the new ICT Policy which was passed on to new ICT minister Webster Shamu, before handing over to the current minister, Hon Supa Mandiwanzira.
Minister of ICT, Postal and Courier Services, Hon. Supa Mandiwanzira said the government has approved the ICT Policy which has been in his Ministry’s hands soon after the consultation process which has been intensely facilitated by POTRAZ in recent months.
By Cisco Eng. Shingie Lev Muringi
The ICT Policy constitutes Zimbabwe’s overall Cyber Bill which has been under serious review in the previous months and Hon. Supa Mandiwanzira said the gazetting of the policy will proceed after getting cabinet approval.
The minister made the announcement last night on Face the Nation, a ZBCtv program which seeks to bring decision makers on air and share progress updates on issues of national concern
The approval of the ICT Policy comes at a time when the government has intensified movements to structure out and approve supporting ICT legislations like the Computer Crime Bill and Cyber Crime Bill as well as the e-Transactions Bill.
These pieces of legislation are still in the development stages and the progress in their implementation hinges upon the adoption of an updated ICT Policy that replaces the 2005 version which has been in use but no longer accommodates the ever dynamic issues of the country’s ICT industry.
Once all the supporting bills are approved at the necessary stages such as the legislation layout of the Bills, the final complete ICT Policy document will be handed to the Office of the President and Cabinet for singing by the President.
Some of the issues highlighted in the Cyber Bill draft include counter measures to be taken on online pornographic material and dissemination of such x-rated content to juveniles, online piracy of softwares systems, protection of Intellectual Property Rights, among many other burning issues on Cyber Space.
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