Science And Technology

ICTs pivotal to Zim economic turnaround

Minister of ICTs Dr Jenfan Muswere

By shadreck Gurenje

Government has said there is need to enrich the digital space by retooling major facets of the economy in order to bring about requisite agility and resilience as the nation gears towards the attainment of vision 2030.

Giving his keynote address celebrating the World telecommunication and information society day in the capital, Minister of ICTs Dr Jenfan Muswere said to deliver greater efficiencies across entire value chains throughout the economy and across the entire nation there is need to enrich the nation’s digital space.

“We need to enrich our digital space by retooling major facets of our economy in order to bring about requisite agility and resilience, and to deliver greater efficiencies across entire value chains throughout the economy and across the entire nation,” said Dr Muswere.

Dr Muswere also said the need to pursue a digital transformation agenda is more relevant than ever before and more needs to be done to embrace technology locally and abroad.

“Accordingly, the need to pursue a digital transformation agenda is more relevant than ever before. Never before in our lifetime have circumstances changed so fast, and has there been a greater need to adapt.

“This calls for concerted efforts in the consolidation of strategies that deliberately focus on ICT development, executing smart policies and effective processes that embolden investments in ICTs and digital skills, and embracing emerging technologies that are crucial to the digital economy.

“Furthermore, our strongest desire is for digital transformation to be the cornerstone of the National Development Strategy (NDS1), which was launched by His Excellency, the President, Cde. Emmerson Dambudzo Mnangagwa, in November last year,” said Dr Muswere.

In support of vision 2030 Minister Muswere also said his Ministry will continue to play a crucial role in this transformation agenda. This will be done by ensuring that digital technology facilitates the success of the NDS1’s key interconnected pillars that are aimed at achieving sustainable economic development namely, macroeconomic stability, financial re-engagement, inclusive growth, governance, social development, infrastructure and utilities.

The World Telecommunication and Information Society Day is running under the theme “Accelerating Digital Transformation in challenging times”.