Zim faces investment challenge in ICT

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Blessings Mashaya

ZIMBABWE is facing a challenge of low investment in the Information, Communication Technology (ICT) sector, ICT minister Jenfan Muswere has said.

Speaking at the Huawei Seeds for the Future 2020 programme launch ceremony in Harare on Thursday, Muswere said ICT plays a critical role in economic development.

“Connectivity is the key driver for inclusive, sustainable socio economic development; and it is the duty of all ICT players from the government to the private sector to ensure that all Zimbabweans benefit from the opportunities that connectivity brings.

“However, the key challenges facing the ICT sector in Zimbabwe and many other countries, is the low investment in ICT technologies and the lack of a large pool of skilled ICT professionals.

“It is, therefore, pleasing to note that supporting skills development is one of Huawei’s key priorities for building a better connected Zimbabwe,” Muswere said.

He said the Huawei Technologies’ Seeds for the Future Programme was in line with the country’s digitisation strategy.

“It helps cultivate and pool together ICT professionals and students that are crucial to industry development, thus boosting ICT industry growth, driving the development of different sectors and contributing to the labour market.

We are grateful that this is being fulfilled today.

“Governments from all around the world have closed educational institutions in an attempt to contain the global pandemic. Face-to-face classes and on-site events are currently suspended, but learning should not be stopped.

“Huawei Technologies, through its corporate social responsibility programme called the Huawei ICT Talent Ecosystem, is providing a wide range of high-quality ICT online courses for free during the pandemic to ensure that instructors of Huawei ICT Academies and students have the opportunity to continue getting exposure to the latest ICT technologies, such as 5G, Artificial Intelligence, Internet of Things, Big Data, and Cloud Computing,” the minister added.

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