by DANAI MWARUMBA
HARARE – ZIMBABWE has launched its Information Communication Technology (ICT) Policy aimed at reviving the country’s economy.
President Emmerson Mnangagwa launched the policy in the capital Harare in the presence of captains of industry and commerce as well as other stakeholders.
He said the ICT policy would among other benefits curb corruption, help lure tourists and ultimately enhance service delivery.
“This policy will undoubtedly provide strategic direction and guidance for
sustainable national economic development through the systematic and coordinated application of ICTs,” Mnangagwa said.
He said the ICT policy was thus aimed at transformation, growth, inclusiveness, sustainability, innovation and partnerships in the mainstream economy and put in place institutional, legal and regulatory frameworks in order to achieve its intended goals.
“It is therefore envisaged that all sectors of the economy and society at large will harness the power of ICTs for the development of our nation,” Mnangagwa said.
He said the policy would make the information technology revolution the basis for ultimately transforming Zimbabwe into an e-society.
Mnangagwa said e-government would ensure that services were available to citizens in a convenient, efficient and transparent manner.
“In addition, e-governance will help in the eradication of corruption through automated systems which remove bureaucratic impediments and bottlenecks,” the president said.
He urged government ministries, departments, agencies and parastatals to prioritise ICT solutions in their operating systems and spruce up their web sites.
“Let us all in our image, actions and service culture reflect that it is a new era, and ‘Zimbabwe is Open for Business.”
– CAJ News