Science And Technology

ICTs backbone underpinning National Development: President Mnangagwa

 

By Shadreck Gurenje

President Mnangagwa has said government will remain committed in supporting ICTs to become the backbone underpinning the national development agenda.

Giving his remarks at the Launch of the National Data Centre, President Emmerson Mnangagwa said the Second Republic will continue to up-scale the implementation of ICT projects to accelerate the modernisation, industrialisation and growth of the Zimababwean economy into an upper middle income economy.

“In the present epoch, technology plays a significant role where connectivity is viewed as the life blood of all business transactions and human interactions.

“Strategic facilities such as the National Data Centre ensure that Zimababwe is not left behind. These are further in line with our quest to build a knowledge based society, riding on today’s digital world, information superhighways, internet of things and the big data economy.

“To this end, we envisage ICTs to become the backbone underpinning our national development agenda, competitiveness and adoption to the post COVID-19 world.

“In this context, my Government will therefore continue to up-scale the implementation of ICT projects to accelerate modernisation, industrialisation and growth of our economy,” said President Mnangagwa.

He also said his administration remains committed to fund key national strategic projects and the National Data Centre has an enabling multi-purpose function which includes improving security of all government data and information.

The National Data Centre is of strategic national importance and its reach and impact is one of the major moves towards the realisation of Vision 2030.

The project is a collaboration between Zimbabwe and The Peoples’ Republic of China and the Sino-Zimbabwe Techincal Cooperation.

The National Data Centre will also join another strategic infrastructure, the Zimbabwe High Performance Computing Centre which was established at the University of Zimbabwe.