Digital economy is key enabler of NDS1-Dr Muswere

By ZBC Reporter
GOVERNMENT is laying a firm foundation for the National Development Strategy One by establishing more information communication technology centres to ensure maximum participation in the envisaged national vision.

The government says it has efficiently prepared a firm foundation for the implementation of the National Development Strategy One (NDS1) by setting up a sound digital economy.

Unveiling the Filabusi Community Information Center in Filabusi this Monday, the Minister of Information Communication Technology, Postal and Courier Services, Honourable Jenfan Muswere highlighted that NDS1 will ride on an efficient digital infrastructure to ensure two-way communication between government officials and citizens.

“It was only last month that His Excellency, the President, Cde. Emmerson Dambudzo Mnangagwa launched the National Development Strategy (NDS1), which emphasizes the Digital Economy as one of the fourteen national priorities for the period 2021–2025. This economic blueprint is anchored on a digitally enabled economy as the National Key Results Area for outcomes leading to improved access and usage of ICTs. The inclusion of the digital economy in this important economic blueprint bears testimony to our commitment as government, to take advantage of ICTs and other emerging technologies to transform the lives of the general populace in our lovely country Zimbabwe,” he said.

Postal and Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of Zimbabwe (POTRAZ) Director General, Dr Gift Machengete said community information centres will ensure citizen participation and countrywide buy-in of national programmes.

“This infrastructure is testimony that government will leave no one behind in the attainment of national vision. Through this CIC, citizens will be able to research and submit their ideas for the good of developing our country…,” he said.

Matabeleland South Minister of State for Provincial Affairs and Devolution, Honourable Abednico Ncube said community information centres dovetail with the devolution programme.
“This facility will be a platform for the community to drive forward their devolution projects, they will be able to research, interact and be part of e-governance…,” he said.

Minister Muswere also handed over forty laptops to local schools in Insiza district.

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